Better Farming reports:
The manager of regulatory compliance in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs denies that there has been a spate of fines against sales yard operators and calls it a “coincidence” that sales barn operators in New Liskeard and in Aylmer were convicted of similar offenses within a couple of weeks of each other.
“We don’t get a lot of incidents where they end up in court, that’s for sure,” Rodger Dunlop says.
On Feb. 25, Bill Stewart, manager of the Temiskaming Livestock Exchange was fined in the Ontario Court of Justice in Haileybury after pleading guilty to one count under the Livestock Community Sales Act and two counts under the Food Safety and Quality Act. The charges related to October and November 2009 incidences involving moving a sick or injured cow in an inhumane manner, failing to euthanize a fallen animal promptly and failing to dispose of other livestock within 48 hours of death.
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