A farmer from County Derry has been fined and found guilty of animal welfare breaches, as well as a number of other offences the Mid Ulster Mail has reported.
The farmer, John Yorke aged 56, appeared in Magherafelt Magistrates court yesterday, September 4th, where he pleaded guilty to the offences. Mr. Yorke was facing a number of charges including illegal animal movements and causing unnecessary suffering to animals.
The now convicted Mr Yorke had failed to notify the department of the birth of up to three animals, while he had also failed to notify them of the movements of cattle on his land.
Mr Yorke was also charged on two counts of unnecessary suffering to animals. Two cows were put down to prevent anymore suffering, after being found in very bad condition on Mr. Yorke’s farm with as the Mid Ulster mail reports birds pecking at one of the animals. Both cows were in such bad condition they could not stand up, leaving department officials with no option but to call in veterinary assistance and were then put down.
The farmer was subsequently charged and received a fine of €1,903 (£1,750).