A 23-year-old Co. Down farmer was today sentenced at Newry Magistrates’ Court to four months in prison.
The case arose as a result of a number of discrepancies found at a cattle identification inspection of the farmer’s herd, which was conducted by DAERA’s Welfare and Enforcement Branch.
Mr Christopher David Potts, with an address High Street, Gilford pleaded guilty and was convicted of one charge of failing to notify the Department of the movement of six cattle onto his holding.
He was also convicted of two charges of failing to notify the Department of the movement of 19 cattle off his holding and two charges of failing to dispose of animal carcasses.
Mr Potts was sentenced to two months imprisonment in respect of the cattle movement offences and two months imprisonment in respect of the animal by-products charges, to run concurrently.
He was also fined £1,000 plus a £15 offenders’ levy.