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Appeal date fixed for farmer convicted of flouting cattle rules

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 14, 2022

A man will appeal his convictions for moving cattle without the relevant permissions.

Martin Hall, 39, of Piddington, was found guilty of 11 offences at Oxford Magistrates’ Court earlier thhis year.

They included moving cattle without first conducting Bovine-TB tests, failing to report the movement of cattle to health authorities within three days of the livestock move, and failing to keep records of moving pigs.

He was also convicted of moving livestock without being an ‘authorised transporter’.

Hall, who had been working for family firm KC Hall and Sons, was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay more than £9,000 in fines and costs, it was reported.

Jody Kerman, head of Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards department, which brought the prosecution, said after his sentencing in the summer: “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.”

On Tuesday, Oxford Crown Court heard Hall would appeal his convictions.

Judge Michael Gledhill KC fixed the two-day appeal hearing, which will take place in front of a circuit judge and two magistrates, for December 15.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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