Farmer fined for burning cattle carcasses

A farmer will have to pay £2,000 for burning cattle carcasses and failing to record the movement of pigs on his farm.


Andrew Kitson, director of Seaves Farming Company, had failed to arrange for the legal collection and disposal of animal carcasses, York Magistrates’ Court was told.


The “open burning” of livestock carcasses on farm is strictly prohibited.


However, when trading standards officers from North Yorkshire County Council visited Seaves Farm in Brandsby earlier this year they discovered an open bonfire with remnants of cattle carcasses on the pyre.


Further enquiries showed that the necessary records and registrations were not in place for keeping pigs at the farm.


Mr Kitson, who runs Seaves Farm in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to four breaches of animal health legislation, for failing to dispose of cattle carcasses via an approved method and failure to record details of pig movements onto the premises.


He and his company were fined £500 and £1,500 respectively for the offences.


“The majority of North Yorkshire farmers operate to very high standards and it is our duty to ensure those standards are met and that individuals are not allowed to tarnish the reputation of the county’s farming community.”
Councillor Chris Metcalfe

Speaking after the case, county councillor Chris Metcalfe said: “These are serious breaches that undermine disease control measures put in place to protect UK livestock industry and the rural economy from the effects of outbreaks of animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease.


“The majority of North Yorkshire farmers operate to very high standards and it is our duty to ensure those standards are met and that individuals are not allowed to tarnish the reputation of the county’s farming community.”


He added: “We understand the impact that the economic downturn is having on the farming community and that times are very difficult. However, it is important to ensure that the disease control measures are not compromised.”


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