Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Published: 1998-01-30

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1998 No. 27

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
ANIMALS
Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

Made
30th January 1998

Coming into operation
2nd February 1998

The Department of Agriculture being a Department designated(1) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(2) in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Community, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the said section 2(2) and of every other power enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 and shall come into operation on 2nd February 1998.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“animal” means any bovine animal including an animal of the species bison bison or bubalus bubalis;

“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation EC/820/97(3) establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products;

“Department” means the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland;

“farm” means any holding on which animals are kept for the purpose of breeding, production, raising or fattening;

“herd” means

(a)
an animal kept; or

(b)
a group of animals kept together

on a holding in such manner or under such conditions as will in the opinion of a veterinary inspector minimize the possibility of infection being transmitted therefrom to any other animal whether on the same holding or another holding;

“holding” means any establishment, construction or, in the case of an open-air farm, any place, in which animals are held, kept or handled;

“inspector” means any veterinary inspector and any other person authorised by the Department to be an inspector for the purposes of these Regulations;

“keeper” in relation to any animal has the same meaning as in the Council Regulation;

“register” means the register kept under and for the purposes of the first indent of Article 7(1) of the Council Regulation; and

“veterinary inspector” means any veterinary surgeon authorised by the Department as an inspector for the purposes of these Regulations.

(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(4) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to a measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Enforcement of the Council Regulation

3.—(1) Any person who contravenes any of the following provisions of the Council Regulation shall be guilty of an offence, that is to say—

(a)Article 4.3 (imports from third countries);

(b)Article 4.5 (removal of ear tags);

(c)Article 7.1 First Indent (keeping of a register);

(d)Article 7.1 Second Indent (reporting of movements, births and deaths);

(e)Article 7.3 (provision of information);

(f)Article 7.4 (production and retention of the register).

(2) Without prejudice to paragraph (1)(c) any person who fails to keep a register in accordance with the requirements of paragraph (4) shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) The Department shall be the competent authority for the purposes of Article 3, 4.1, 4.5, 4.6, 7.3 and 7.4 of the Council Regulation 820/97/EC.

(4) A person who keeps a register shall ensure that it is in the form set out in the Schedule and that it includes—

(a)within 36 hours of the movement of any animal kept by him on or off a holding, a record of that movement;

(b)within 7 days of the birth of an animal in a dairy herd kept by him, a record of that birth;

(c)within 30 days of the birth of any other animal kept by him, a record of that birth;

(d)within 7 days of the death of an animal kept by him, a record of that death;

(e)within 36 hours of the replacement of the ear tag of any animal kept by him, a record of that replacement.

(5) A person who keeps a register shall do so for—

(a)10 years insofar as the records in that register relate to a farm; and

(b)3 years in any other case,

in both cases from the end of the calendar year in which the last entry was made in the register.

(6) Any record relating to animals made under the Animals (Records) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997(5) shall be kept for the same period as if that record was in a register.

(7) In the case of an animal which is not ear tagged, but is marked under the Tuberculosis Control Order (Northern Ireland) 1964(6), the reference in the form set out in the Schedule to an ear tag shall be construed as a reference to a mark applied under that Order.

Powers of inspectors

4.—(1) An inspector shall, on producing, if required to do so, some duly authenticated document showing his authority, have the right at all reasonable hours to enter any land or premises for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is or has been on the premises any contravention of the Council Regulation or of these Regulations.

(2) An inspector shall have powers to carry out all checks and examinations necessary for the enforcement of the Council Regulation and of these Regulations, and in particular may—

(a)carry out inspections of any process used for the marking and identification of animals, and of any premises;

(b)examine any records, in whatever form, and take copies of those records;

(c)remove and retain any documents, ear tags or records which relate to any matter to which the Council Regulation or these Regulations apply;

(d)have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been used in connection with the keeping of records, and may require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford him such assistance as he may reasonably require for the purpose;

(e)where records are kept by means of a computer, require the records to be produced in a form in which they may be taken away; and

(f)take with him a representative of the European Commission acting for the purposes of the Council Regulation or any other person he considers necessary for the enforcement of that Regulation or these Regulations.

(3) In this regulation “premises” includes any place, installation, vehicle, ship, vessel, boat, craft, hovercraft or aircraft.

Powers of an officer of the Department

5.—(1) Subject to and in accordance with the second paragraph of Article 21 of the Council Regulation, an officer of the Department may, by notice served on the keeper of any animal on a holding, prohibit the movement of that animal from the holding if he is satisfied that it is necessary to do so for the proper enforcement of that Regulation or of any provision of these Regulations.

(2) A notice served on any person under paragraph (1)—

(a)shall be in writing;

(b)may be subject to such conditions as may be specified in the notice; and

(c)may be amended or withdrawn at any time by a further notice in writing served on the same person.

(3) Any person who contravenes any notice served under paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence.

Obstruction

6.—(1) A person who—

(a)intentionally obstructs any other person acting in the execution of these Regulations;

(b)without reasonable cause, fails to give to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any assistance or information which that person may reasonably require of him for the purposes of his functions under these Regulations; or

(c)furnishes to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any information which he knows to be false or misleading,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) Nothing in paragraph (1)(b) shall be construed as requiring any person to answer any question or give any information if to do so might incriminate him.

Penalties

7.—(1) A person guilty of an offence under regulation 6(1)(a) or (b) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.

(2) A person guilty of any other offence under these Regulations shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment not exceeding three months or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

Revocations and amendments

8.—(1) The Animals (Records) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997(7) shall cease to have effect in relation to bovine animals and accordingly—

(a)in Article 2—

(i)in the definition of “animals” the words “any bovine animals,” shall be omitted;

(ii)the definition of “identification number” is repealed;

(b)Article 3(1) and (2) are repealed; and

(c)for Article 7(2) there shall be substituted—

“(2) A person required to keep a record under Article 4 shall retain such record from the date of the last entry therein for a period of three years.”.

(2) In the Tuberculosis Control Order (Northern Ireland) 1964(8), Article 16 shall cease to have effect in relation to any animals born after 1st January 1998 or intended for intra-Community trade after that date.

(3) For regulation 4(2)(b) of the Suckler Cow Premium Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(9) there shall be substituted—

“(b)retain for such period any records which he has kept under—

(i)Article 3(1) of the Animals (Records) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997;

(ii)Article 7.4 of Council Regulation 820/97/EC (establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products);

provided that the suckler cows for which an application for Community premium was made are clearly distinguished from the other suckler cows recorded in such records.”.

(4) For regulation 12(2)(b) of the Beef Special Premium (Protection of Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996(10) there shall be substituted—

“(b)retain for such period any records which he has kept under—

(i)Article 3(1) of the Animals (Records) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997;

(ii)Article 7.4 of Council Regulation 820/97/EC (establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products);

provided that the animals for which an application for Community premium has been made are clearly distinguished from the other animals recorded in such records.”.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture on

L.S.
R. S. Johnston
Assistant Secretary
30th January 1998.

Regulation 3(4)

SCHEDULEHerd Record for Bovine Animals

INDIVIDUAL DETAILS
DATE AND MANNER OF MOVEMENT ONTO HOLDING
DATE OF DEATH OR MOVEMENT OFF HOLDING

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2
3
4
5
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7
8
9
10
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12

Identification number (ear tag)
Replacement identification number and date of replacement
Colour
Breed Type
Sex
Date of Birth Day/Month/ Year
Dam’s identification number (for animals born into herd)
Date of movement onto holding

Name and address of premises from which moved (and market lot No.)

Date of movement off holding or death
Name and address of premises to which moved
Manner and place of destruction or burial

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations.)
These Regulations create offences for breach of—

Article 4.3 (imports of cattle from third countries)

Article 4.5 (removal of ear tags)

Article 7.1 First Indent (keeping a register)

Article 7.1 Second Indent (Notification of movements, births and deaths)

Article 7.3 (provision of information)

Article 7.4 (production and retention of the register)

of Council Regulation 820/97/EC (establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products (O.J. No. L117, 7.5.97, p. 1). They provide that the competent authority for the purposes of Articles 4.1, 4.5, 4.6, 7.3 and 7.4 of that Regulation is the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland. They specify the form of a register and when it shall be filled in (regulation 3 and the Schedule).
The Regulations also give powers to inspectors and officers of the Department (regulations 4 and 5), and create offences of obstruction (regulation 6).
Breach of the Regulations is an offence punishable—

for obstruction and failure to give assistance and information, on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both;

for any other offence,

(a)
on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment not exceeding three months or to both;

(b)
on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both (regulation 7).

The Regulations also revoke parts of the Animals (Records) Order and parts of the Tuberculosis Control Order (Northern Ireland) 1964. They amend the Suckler Cow Premium Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993 and the Beef Special Premium (Protection of Payments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 (regulation 8).


(1)
S.I. 1972/1811

(2)
1972 c. 68

(3)
O.J. No. L117, 7.5.97, p. 1

(4)
1953 c. 33 (N.I.)

(5)
S.R. 1997 No. 172

(6)
S.R. 1964 No. 31 as amended by S.R. 1981 No. 348, S.R. 1986 No. 48, S.R. 1994 No. 214 and S.R. 1996 No. 9

(7)
S.R. 1997 No. 172

(8)
S.R. 1964 No. 31 as amended by S.R. 1981 No. 348, S.R. 1986 No. 48, S.R. 1994 No. 214 and S.R. 1996 No. 9

(9)
S.R. 1993 No. 280

(10)
S.R. 1996 No. 611
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