A livestock keeper has been found guilty of breaching bovine TB and animal traceability rules.

Bicester livestock keeper, Martin Hall, aged 39, who trades under KC Hall and Sons, was found guilty of 11 offences after a two-day trial at Oxford Magistrate’s Court.

Following a prosecution brought by Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards Hall was found guilty of illegally moving cattle, without conducting important pre-movement TB testing, and failing to report cattle movements within three days.

He also failed to keep records of pig movements.

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In addition, Hall was also found guilty of moving livestock, without being an authorised transporter.

The offences occurred between January 2020 and March 2021 and continued even after Hall had been warned by both trading standards and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Jody Kerman, Oxfordshire County Council’s head of trading standards, said: “As the most rural county in the south-east of England, an uncontrolled animal disease outbreak would have a hugely damaging impact on people’s lives and on our local economy.

“Rules regarding animal movement and testing requirements are there for all our benefits, designed to ensure integrity of the food chain and to prevent the spread of animal diseases.

“A failure to follow them not only increases the risk of disease being spread from area to area and prevents the ability to trace where our food has come from, but also leads to unfair competition, putting good farmers and their businesses at risk.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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