Farmer convicted after animals had to euthanased on his farm to 'prevent further suffering'

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Following a complaint by a member of the public, a farmer has been convicted and hit with a fine of almost €6,000 for a host of animal welfare offences.

Mr Wilfred Anderson, Fairview Avenue, Newtownhamilton was convicted at Newry Magistrates’ Court on November 20, 2017 of one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a cow, two charges of unnecessary suffering to sheep, two charges of failing to comply with an animal by-product requirement and one charge of failing to take such steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances, to ensure the needs of animals for which he was responsible were met.

Mr Anderson pleaded guilty and was fined £5,250 (€5,926).

This case came to light following a complaint from a member of the public.

In response to this complaint, Officers from the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland DAERA carried out an animal welfare inspection on Mr Anderson’s farm during which the Veterinary Officer present had to euthanase a cow, a ewe and one lamb to prevent them suffering any further.

Mr Anderson was convicted of one charge, of by reason of an act caused unnecessary suffering to a black limousine cow, and he knew or ought reasonably to have known that the said act or failure to act would have that effect or was likely to do so.

The farmer was also convicted of charges in relation to causing unnecessary suffering to a ewe and a young lamb.

He was also convicted of one charge, of failure to comply with an animal by-product requirement in that he failed to hold bodies or parts of bodies of farmed animals which had not been slaughtered for human consumption, pending consignment or disposal, in accordance with the EU Control Regulations.

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The Department said it 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, it said.

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