An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 15th of May 2006.
This application was selected for a Cross Compliance inspection.
During the course of the inspection breaches were recorded relating to three separate Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs). Breaches of Regulations in relation to the storage of livestock manure resulted in a 3% penalty under Nitrates. Issues were also recorded in relation to Food Hygiene, specifically with the maintenance and operation of a dairy/milking parlour which led to a penalty of 3% being recorded under that SMR. Finally, extensive breaches relating to the Identification and Registration of Bovines were recorded. These breaches involved 97 animals and concerned the Herd Register, Passports, Tagging and failure to notify movements to the Cattle Movement and Monitoring System. These breaches were deemed to be intentional and a 20% penalty was recorded.
As prescribed by the Regulations governing the Cross Compliance system, multiple breaches recorded as negligent are added together to a maximum total of 5%, however breaches recorded as intentional are administered separately with any penalties resulting from intentional breaches being added to the total negligence penalty figure. This resulted in an overall Cross Compliance penalty of 25% being recorded in this case. The person named was informed of this decision and of his right to seek a review. He was also informed of his right to appeal the outcome of a review to the Independent Agriculture Appeals office. To date, no request for a review has been submitted, however, the Deputy's question will now be taken as a request for review which will now be carried out.