Ear tag fine -£2,500

PUBLISHED: 08:07 25 September 2011

(click on image for larger view) North Somerset Courthouse open evening to mark 650 years of magistracy. St Georges. Exterior Views.

(click on image for larger view) North Somerset Courthouse open evening to mark 650 years of magistracy. St Georges. Exterior Views.

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A LANGFORD man has been ordered to pay more than £2,500 after applying the wrong ear tag number to one of his cattle.

Stephen Schmollmann, of Ladymead Lane, pleaded guilty to giving the cow the wrong identifying number on January 4 this year before selling it on with the wrong details and passport.

He was fined £1,000 for the offences by magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse and ordered to pay a further £1,736.41 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Schmollmann said he was unaware if he had made the error but admitted it could have been his mistake. He said he did not know which animal the tag was meant for.

He said: “For me to put on a wrong ear tag under difficult conditions is a possibility. I am not sure I did it, but I must accept the possibility and that’s why I have pleaded guilty.”

John Kane, chair of the bench, said he understood the predicament and accepted the defendant’s good character.

Schmollmann, aged 56, said he has now sold the majority of the land and no longer farms it.

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