Ballarat livestock agent guilty of false declaration
17 March 2017
A Ballarat livestock agent has pleaded guilty to a charge of making a declaration known to be false in relation to livestock sold at Ballarat saleyards in 2016.
The agent received an order without conviction to pay a donation of $750 to charity for offences under the Stock (Seller Liability and Declarations) Act 1993 (Vic), he was also ordered to pay $182.56 in statutory costs and placed under a six-month good behaviour bond.
Agriculture Victoria Animal Health Officer, Rebecca Stacey said the agent faced Ballarat Magistrates Court charged with making a declaration to which the person knows to be false.
"Agriculture Victoria staff investigated after receiving notification that a National Vendor Declaration (NVD) had not been received with a consignment of stock.
"The NVD subsequently provided, was inaccurate in detail pertaining to ownership, dispatch address and health status of animals," she said.
Ms Stacey said during an interview the agent admitted that he was not the owner of the animals, nor was the Property Identification Code (PIC) on the NVD the accurate PIC of dispatch.
"He falsely declared he was the owner or person responsible for the husbandry of the stock and that the information on the National Vendor Declaration was true and correct.
"The importance of NVDs are to ensure food safety, traceability within the supply chain and particularly during a disease outbreak, as well as declarations as to the quality and health status of the livestock," Ms Stacey said.
In handing down the sentence Magistrate Robinson said the accused, having worked in the industry for seven years knew why the document was required, was aware of the purposes of traceability of stock and that he knew the provision of false information was wrong.
He also noted that the system relies on honest input of information and if more people adopted a similar attitude then the system would fail.
For more information about NVD's go to - http://go.vic.gov.au/UYuXaS
Categorised under: Agriculture,Prosecution