Cross-compliance breaches hit cattle farmers hardest
CATTLE farmers were the biggest culprits for cross-compliance breaches last year, which cost the industry as a whole more than £2m in single payment reduction.
Latest figures from the Rural Payments Agency reveal a total of 2,046 breaches across all sectors but cattle and sheep farmers came out on top for failure to keep accurate records.
The main failing was by cattle farmers not reporting the deaths or movements of their animals.
The total number of failures was a slight increase on 2010. However, there was a drop in repeated breaches and intentional non-compliance plus fewer breaches of animal welfare rules and regulations on agricultural nitrate pollution risk.
RPA operations director Paul Cadwell said: “We urge farmers to take a look at the list of common errors to ensure they avoid making the same mistakes.
Mr. Cadwel also encouraged farmers to read the ‘Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2010’ booklet and make sure they are aware of any changes that could effect their farms.
The increasing trend of recording cattle movements electronically may make it easier for some, but harder for those who are not as ‘internet savvy’.
Defra’s new Farming Advice Service (FAS) offers guidance for farmers needing help on subjects including cross compliance. Visit the Defra website or call 0845 345 1302.