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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: ALABAMA BSE UPDATE March 30, 2006 - Senate Passes Animal ID Bill (BSE) and FDA says impossible to indentify feed source
Date: March 31, 2006 at 7:20 am PST

In Reply to: ALABAMA BSE UPDATE March 30, 2006 - Senate Passes Animal ID Bill (BSE) and FDA says impossible to indentify feed source posted by TSS on March 30, 2006 at 7:07 pm:

HOW is it in the UK they can determine the age of a cow by blood test, but here in the USA, we use a draconian pre-historic detention method $$$


Farmer flouted BSE laws over ageing cattle

Mar 31 2006


Chester Chronicle


BEEF cattle older than the two-and-a-half-year legal age limit entered the food chain because a farmer put false dates of birth on their passports, a court heard.

The farmer, 34-year-old Stephen Kenneth Bourne, ended up with a £10,000 court bill after he admitted applying false descriptions to a dozen animals which were sold illegally contravening laws designed to combat 'Mad Cow' disease .

He was paid £500 to £600 for some of the animals when, because of their age, they were worthless, Mold Crown Court was told on Tuesday.

Bourne of Glan Deg Farm at Threapwood, Malpas, admitted 12 charges brought by trading standards officials and was given a two-year conditional discharge.

But he was ordered to pay £10,000 in costs at £500 a month.

The two-and-a-half-year age limit on animals being sold in the market was introduced to protect the integrity of Britain's beef industry in Europe following the BSE scare.


The judge, Mr Recorder Rhys Rowlands, said that public confidence in the farming industry was crucial for the future of the business.


The judge said he took into account that the offences took place over a six month period back in 2003 when he farmed in partnership with his father, who was originally charged as well but who had since died.


Prosecuting barrister Julian Shaw said the case arose out of the failure of Bourne and his father to keep any adequate records over the dates of birth of cattle on the farm, the identity of dams, and there were no proper cattle movement records.


'There is no way of knowing how many bovines over the 30-month age limit were in fact introduced into the food chain,' he said.


The case came to a light after vet Gavin Morris became suspicious about an animal said to be 25 months but which looked considerably older.


Blood specimens were taken of animals at the farm and Britain's leading expert in the ageing of cattle by identification Prof Andrew Andrews was drafted in.


Defending barrister John Wyn Williams said Bourne had inherited the system from his father, but he had since ensured that proper computerised records were kept and there would not be a repetition.


The defendant's late father, Kenneth Huxley Bourne, 65, who died in November of last year, had during the investigation repaid the money he had received from purchasers.


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TSS



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