http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,174-450502,00.html
 
Farmers charged over ban


FARMERS are being prosecuted and many more cautioned for flouting strict animal movement controls imposed by the Government after the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

The abuse of the rule that prohibits farmers trading sheep and cattle for 20 days if a new animal comes on to the farm appears even more widespread than farmers’ leaders originally suspected.

In Devon trading standards officers have issued 107 formal cautions and 134 breach notices to farmers. Six farmers have been prosecuted and another two await court hearings.

The Times reported yesterday that, rather than lose business, sheep farmers in particular were buying animals in “no-tax” cash deals, then secretly moving animals at night to avoid detection.