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Saturday 18 November 2017

Judge issues warning as farmer found with 'large quantity' of unauthorised drugs

FarmIreland Team

FarmIreland Team

A judge has issued a warning to all farmers as a man pleaded guilty to being in possession of a large quantity of unauthorised drugs.

Judge Kevin P Kilrane issued the warning at  last week’s sitting of Manorhamilton District Court the Leitrim Observer reports.

He said "a message has got to be sent out that the unregulated administration of  drugs to animals must be seen as a serious crime” in convicting Keith Gilgunn of 15 MacNean Cresent, Glenfarne.

It reported that Gilgunn appeared before the court charged with six counts of being in procession of animal remedies without an animal remedies authorisation.

An inspector with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Brendan Daly, told the court that he visited Mr Gilgunn’s home on October 28, 2014, in relation to a parcel that had just been delivered.

The package contained 15 bottles of unauthorised medicines which would be sufficient to treat 500 sheep and 100 cows, Mr Daly told the court. The court also herd Mr Gilgunn did not have a nerd number or cattle.

Mr Daly also said that a large consignment of medicines was discovered in a shed to the rear of the house.

The defendants was subsequently interviewed under caution with Mr Daly stating the Mr Gilgunn 'Wasn’t very forthcoming'.

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Also addressing the court, Veterinarian Louis Reardon spoke said “Misuse of antibiotics is widespread in agriculture.” He added, "you cannot just walk into a chemist and help yourself to an antibiotic off the shelf".

Judge Kilraine highlighted the large quantity of antibiotics found and said “a message has got to be sent out that the unnecessary use if drugs to animal must be seen as a serious crime.

Mir Gligunn pleaded guilty to procession of 500ml of Tylan, 100ml of Almaycin, 50ml of Ivomec, 100ml of Nuflor 300 (designated prescription only), 100ml of Flunixin Inj (designated prescription only), and 100ml of Resflor (designated prescription only).

Deciding against a custodial sentence Judge Kilrane imposed fines of €300 in relation to each of the six charges.

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