NSW stock moved illegally
A WARWICK man has been fined for stock offences, including illegal ear tagging and moving stock into Queensland without the required health certificates.
The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard Glen John Fanning moved 19 head of cattle from New South Wales to the Warwick cattle sales without a declaration from the state's authorities that the cattle were free from, or had not travelled from, areas of disease risk.
Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court Fanning, who did not appear in court but pleaded guilty in writing, also used an earmark that belonged to a family member and not himself.
In his letter to the court, the 41-year-old told the magistrate he had spent $1600 rectifying the earmark error.
A Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad spokesman said the offence was a serious matter, particularly considering the threat Bovine Johne's Disease posed to the industry.
"Cattle transported to Queensland without the correct health declarations and incorrect NLIS devices, which cause misinformation to be uploaded, pose a significant risk to the health of the Queensland herd," he said.
"This risk jeopardises the integrity of the Queensland herd and may cause significant cost to the Queensland cattle industry in loss of market share, due to the outbreak of diseases and loss of confidence in the state's ability to ensure accurate reporting.
"SARCIS wants to reassure stakeholders in the industry that they are committed to protecting the interests and livelihoods of people in rural industries and will take appropriate action against those found to be breaking the law and thus putting the industry at risk."
Fanning was this week issued with a $1000 fine for his offence. No conviction was recorded against him.
For more information on earmarking visit daff.qld.gov.au.