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Prosecution warning to farming community in Powys

Powys' farming community is being warned that they could face prosecution for animal movement and record irregularities, including breaching the six-day standstill rule.

Powys County Council's trading standards service has issued the warning after a farmer / livestock dealer in the Llanidloes area was ordered to pay fines and costs amounting to £6,500 by Welshpool Magistrates Court last month.

Cllr Graham Brown, Board Member for Public Protection, said: 'The six-day standstill rule is seen as an important disease control measure, ensuring the movement of animals is properly monitored, should a disease outbreak occur.

'The trading standards service provides important support to the farming community but must take strong action in the event of problems such as this.

'I would encourage farmers to contact the trading standards service if they are unsure about their obligations under the current movement regime.'