Farmer given community service for transporting unfit animal

A Northern Ireland farmer has received a 200 hour community service order for offences in relation to an emaciated cow.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 4:32 pm

William Ronald Armstrong (63) of Gorey Road, Cabragh, Dungannon was sentenced at Ballymena Magistrates Court of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey and one charge of transporting animals without an authorisation from the Competent Authority.

The case arose when a DAERA Official Veterinarian at an abattoir examined a cow presented by Armstrong. The animal was extremely emaciated and showed signs of weakness, in the opinion of the Veterinarian, the animal was unfit to be transported and was subjected to unnecessary and avoidable risk of injury during its transport to the abattoir.