A farmer was this morning fined in Derry Magistrate's Court for causing unnecessary suffering 2 cows during transportation to Foyle Meats in Derry.
Mr Gregory Boyd of Gortahar Road, Rasharkin, Ballymena pleaded guilty to one charge under the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (NI) 2006.
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.