A Co Antrim farmer was fined £400 at Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday for transporting two cows to an abattoir that were found to be unfit for human consumption.
Gregory Boyd, of Gortahar Road in Rasharkin, Ballymena, was sentenced for "causing two bovine animals to be transported which were not fit for the journey" contrary to the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (NI) 2006.
Mr Boyd had previously pleaded guilty on this charge.
He was fined £400 plus £30 costs yesterday.
The case involved the transportation of two cows over 30 miles to where on arrival a Department of Agriculture and Rural Development veterinary officer found that one of the animals had a chronically infected, deformed left hind foot and had possible hip enlargement and abscessation of both hips.
The other animal was thin and had a chronically infected, swollen and painful right hind foot on which it was bearing minimal weight.