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Farmer sentenced at Londonderry Court

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Gregory Boyd, Gortahar Road, Rasharkin, Ballymena, Co Antrim, was sentenced at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on 21 June 2013 of one charge under the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (NI) 2006.

Mr Boyd had previously pleaded guilty on this charge.Mr Boyd was fined £400 plus £30 costs.

This case involved the transport of two cows over 30 miles to Foyle Meats abattoir where on arrival the DARD veterinary officer found that one cow had a chronically infected, deformed left hind foot and had possible hip enlargement and abscessation of both hips.

The animal was bearing minimal weight on the left hind leg. The hock and both hips of this carcase was condemned as being unfit for human consumption.

The other cow was thin and had a chronically infected, swollen and painful right hind foot on which it was bearing minimal weight. The carcase of this animal was condemned as being unfit for human consumption.

In the opinion of the official veterinarian at Foyle Meats, the transportation of these two animals from Ballymena to Foyle Meats caused them further unnecessary suffering.

A DARD Spokesman commented after the case: “These two cows have been caused considerable suffering and were not fit for this journey of over 30 miles. DARD is committed to protecting and enforcing the welfare of animals and that includes their welfare during transport. I commend the veterinary and enforcement staff who investigated this case and brought it before the courts.”

Notes to editors:

1. Mr Boyd was convicted of one charge of causing two bovine animals to be transported which were not fit for the journey contrary to Regulations 5(1) (a) of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (NI) 2006 and Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.

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

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