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The Cattle Identification (Wales) Regulations 2007

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PART 1INTRODUCTION

Title, application and commencement

1.  The title of these Regulations is The Cattle Identification (Wales) Regulations 2007. They apply in relation to Wales and come into force on 6 April 2007.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“cattle” means bovine animals, including bison and buffalo;

“cattle passport” means—

(a)

a cattle passport issued in England, Wales or Scotland under Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000;

(b)

a cattle passport issued under the Cattle Passports Order 1996(1); and

(c)

a movement document issued under the Cattle (Identification of Older Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2000(2) or the equivalent measure in Scotland, England or Northern Ireland;

“holding” means any establishment, construction or, in the case of an open-air farm, any place in which cattle are held, kept or handled;

“inspector” means a person appointed to be an inspector for the purposes of these Regulations by the National Assembly or a local authority;

“keeper” means any person responsible for animals, whether on a permanent or temporary basis, including during transportation or at a market;

“local authority” means in relation to an area the county council or county borough council for that area;

“National Assembly” means the National Assembly for Wales of Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ;

“previous cattle tagging legislation” means—

(a)

the Cattle Identification Regulations 1998(3);

(b)

the Bovine Animals (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 1995(4);

(c)

the Bovine Animals (Identification, Marking and Breeding Records) Order 1990(5);

(d)

the Tuberculosis (England and Wales) Order 1984(6); and

(e)

the Tuberculosis (Scotland) Order 1984(7);

“Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000” means Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council (establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No. 820/97(8));

“valid”, in relation to a cattle passport, means a cattle passport that has been correctly completed and signed in the appropriate place by each keeper of the animal and the identification number and description of the animal in the passport correlate to the ear tags and the animal.

(2) Any approval, authorisation, licence, notice or registration issued under—

(a)these Regulations,

(b)Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000;

(c)Commission Regulation (EC) No. 911/2004 (implementing Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards ear tags, passports and holding registers(9)); or

(d)Commission Regulation (EC) No. 644/2005 (authorising a special identification system for bovine animals kept for cultural and historical purposes on approved premises as provided for in Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council(10)),

must be in writing, may be made subject to conditions and may be amended or revoked by notice in writing at any time.

PART 2

Notification of holdings

3.—(1) An occupier of a holding who begins to keep cattle on that holding, and any person who takes over the occupation of a holding where cattle are kept, must notify the National Assembly within one month of—

(a)his or her name and address; and

(b)the address of the holding.

(2) When it receives notification under paragraph (1) the National Assembly must issue a herdmark for each holding.

(3) The occupier must notify the National Assembly of any change to the information in paragraph (1) within one month.

PART 3Identification and registration of cattle

Ear tags

4.  Schedule 1 (ear tags) has effect.

Registration of cattle

5.  Schedule 2 (registration of cattle) has effect.

Cattle passports

6.  Schedule 3 (cattle passports) has effect.

Notification of movements and death

7.  Schedule 4 (notification of movement or death) has effect.

Records

8.  Schedule 5 (records) has effect.

PART 4GENERAL

Charging for information

9.  The National Assembly may make a reasonable charge for providing information that is stored in the database required by Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000 and provided in accordance with the second paragraph of Article 3 of that Regulation.

Powers of inspectors

10.—(1) An inspector may, on producing a duly authenticated document showing his or her authority, if required, at all reasonable hours enter any land or premises for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is or has been any contravention of —

(a)these Regulations;

(b)Title I of Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000;

(c)Commission Regulation (EC) No. 494/98 (laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 820/97 as regards the application of minimum administrative sanctions in the framework of the system for the identification and registration of bovine animals(11));

(d)Commission Regulation (EC) No. 509/1999 (concerning an extension of the maximum period laid down for the application of ear tags to bison(12))

(e)Commission Regulation (EC) No. 911/2004; and

(f)Commission Regulation (EC) No. 644/2005,

and in this regulation “premises” includes any place, installation, vehicle, ship, vessel, boat, craft, hovercraft or aircraft.

(2) The power to enter premises only includes a power to enter domestic premises if they are being used in connection with the provisions in paragraph (1).

(3) An inspector may carry out all checks and examinations necessary for the enforcement of the provisions in paragraph (1), and in particular may—

(a)collect, pen and inspect any cattle, and may require the keeper to arrange for the collection, penning and securing of cattle;

(b)take samples;

(c)examine any records in whatever form, and take copies of those records;

(d)remove and retain any records or documents (including passports) relating to these Regulations;

(e)have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material that is or has been used in connection with records, and may require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford him or her such assistance as he or she may reasonably require;

(f)where records are kept by means of a computer, require the records to be produced in a form in which they may be taken away;

(g)require production of any unused ear tags and record their numbers; and

(h)take with him or her a representative of the European Commission or any other person he or she considers necessary.

Powers to restrict movements

11.  In accordance with the second paragraph of Article 22(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000, an officer of the National Assembly may serve a notice on a keeper of animals on a holding restricting the movement of cattle to or from the holding if he or she is satisfied that this is necessary for the proper enforcement of that Regulation, these Regulations, Commission Regulation (EC) No. 494/98, No. 509/1999, No. 911/2004 and No. 644/2005, and any person who fails to comply with that notice is guilty of an offence.

Slaughter of unmarked animals

12.  The National Assembly is the veterinary authority and the competent authority for the purposes of Article 1(2) of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 494/98.

Obstruction etc.

13.—(1) A person who—

(a)obstructs any person acting in the execution of these Regulations;

(b)without reasonable cause, fails to give to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any assistance or information that that person may reasonably require of him or her for the purposes of his or her functions;

(c)furnishes to any person acting in the execution of these Regulations any information that he or she knows to be false or misleading; or

(d)fails to produce a passport, document or record when required to do so to any person acting under these Regulations,

is guilty of an offence.

(2) Any person who provides false information in any notification made under these Regulations is guilty of an offence.

Offences by bodies corporate

14.—(1) Where a body corporate is guilty of an offence under these Regulations, and that offence is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to have been attributable to any neglect on the part of—

(a)any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate; or

(b)any person who was purporting to act in any such capacity,

he or she, as well as the body corporate, is guilty of the offence and be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(2) In this regulation “director” in relation to a body corporate whose affairs are managed by its members, means a member of the body corporate.

Penalties

15.  A person guilty of an offence under these Regulations is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment not exceeding three months or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.

Enforcement

16.—(1) These Regulations are enforced by the local authority.

(2) The National Assembly may direct in any particular case or class of case that it will enforce them instead.

Revocations

17.  The following are revoked insofar as they apply in relation to Wales—

(a)the Bovine Animals (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 1995(13);

(b)the Cattle Identification Regulations 1998(14);

(c)the Cattle Database Regulations 1998(15);

(d)the Cattle Identification (Amendment) Regulations 1998(16);

(e)the Cattle Identification (Amendment) Regulations 1999(17);

(f)the Cattle (Identification of Older Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2000(18);

(g)the Cattle Database (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002(19);

(h)the Cattle (Identification of Older Animals) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002(20);

(i)the Cattle Identification (Amendment) Regulations 2006(21); and

(j)the Cattle Database (Amendment) Regulations 2006(22).

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998(23)

D. Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

13 March 2007

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