Farmer convicted at Newry Court on pig offences

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A Warrenpoint pig farmer has been convicted at Newry Magistrates’ Court of one charge of failure to keep a pig herd register, one charge of failure to identify 15 pigs and one charge of failure to complete an Aujeszky’s disease surveillance test.

John McCracken, of Ballyrussell Road ,pleaded guilty to all charges and was fined £300, a compensation order for £344.12 was awarded and he received a £15 offender levy.

The case arose from discrepancies found during a Pig Identification, Registration and Movement Inspection by Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs officers while carrying out the Aujeszky’s disease surveillance test on 11 breeding pigs, at a cost of £344.12.