John Hoster, of Ballyfarna, Claremorris, appeared in Claremorris District Court facing animal neglect charges, as reported by the Mayo News.
Mr. Hoster appeared before the courts for an update on his situation. The courts heard that although Mr. Hoster was ordered to lower his stock numbers, he had, in fact, increased them. The accused had sold some of his stock, though calves had been born in the meantime.
He currently has 46 animals on his farm at present, while the courts heard from a Veterinary inspector, Peter Byrne, that the animals were in “ok” condition. He did add that supplementary feeding would be needed.
The courts heard how 13 animals had broken out of the field, with some in poor condition and some calves needing to be weaned and given supplements. Inspector Byrne said there was one recorded animal death on Hoster’s farm, since the original inspection.
It was suggested that Hoster is in need of at least 150 bales, in order to ensure he had enough feed for winter, while meal was also required. Defense for Hoster told the courts had about 30 animals at the minute, with plans to sell more next year.
Hoster’s neighbour, Rory McGuinn, took to the stands and told that he would help his neighbour ensure the cattle are well housed, fed, have access to water and looked after, while he said he will help sell them in the spring.
“He is accepting he is getting old….but he is still very capable of moving cattle. He helps me on my farm” said Mr. McGuinn.
The case was adjourned until May 1st pending updates on the situation.