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Herefordshire farmer convicted of animal movement breaches

Herefordshire Council has successfully prosecuted a local farmer for breaching animal health legislation.

Graham Thomas of Sparrington Farm in Pencombe, Herefordshire pleaded guilty to two charges at Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday 23 May, relating to the movement of sheep without the required legal documentation.

Mr Thomas was handed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £392 to Herefordshire Council’s trading standards service animal health and welfare team, after acknowledging to the court that he had previously been warned by council officers both verbally and in writing for the same offence.

Mike Pigrem, head of trading standards and licensing, said: “It is a legal requirement that prior to the movement of such animals, you must have completed the prescribed documentation, namely the movement and transportation document.

“The council liaised with Mr Thomas directly on a number of occasions; however despite this he chose to ignore our advice and warnings and continued to move and transport his animals without the necessary documentation.  We appreciate that this may be perceived as a technical matter, but movement documents are an essential measure put in place for disease prevention and control within the UK.  The potential consequences of another animal disease outbreak, is too appalling to contemplate.”

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