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Farmer convicted at Banbridge Court

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Bertie Ervine, Poyntzpass Road, Loughbrickland, Banbridge, was convicted at Banbridge Magistrates’ Court (sitting in Newry) on 5 August 2013 of one charge under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

Mr Ervine pleaded guilty and was fined £250 plus £25 costs.

This case arose from a welfare inspection carried out following a public complaint.

Notes to editors:

1. Mr Ervine was convicted of one charge of by reason of an act or failure to act he did cause unnecessary suffering to a sheep and he did know or ought reasonably to have known that the said act or failure to act would have that effect or was likely to do so, contrary to 4 (1) of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.

2. The Department gives high priority to the welfare of animals and operates a vigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements. Any breaches are investigated thoroughly and offenders prosecuted as necessary.

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