Company convicted at Ballymena Court

Date published: 19 January 2023

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AA McGuckian Ltd, Drumbare Road, Cloughmills, Co Antrim was convicted at Ballymena Magistrates' Court today of two charges of failing to ensure the welfare of animals and one charge of failing to appropriately dispose of an animal carcass.

AA McGuckian Ltd was convicted and fined £1250 plus £15 offender levy. The case arose as a result of issues found during an inspection by DAERA of AA McGuckian Ltd farm premises. Insufficient environmental enrichment material was available for the pigs and some doors to pens had gaps at the bottom with sharp rusty edges that could cause injury to the animals. The company had also failed to dispose of a pig carcass. One pen was discovered to have a dead pig amongst the living ones.

Notes to editors: 

  1. AA McGuckian Ltd was convicted of two charges or failure to take such steps as were reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure the needs of an animal for which they were responsible was met to the extent required by good practice, contrary to Section 9(1) of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
  2. AA McGuckian Ltd was convicted of one charge of failure to comply with an animal by-product requirement in that they 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 Regulation as read with the EU Implementation Regulations, in such a manner as to ensure that any animal or bird would not have access to it or them, contrary to Regulation 19 of the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.
  3. The Department 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.
  4. It would be good practice (as well as being a legal requirement), to remove without delay an animal carcase from a farm to prevent spread of disease and protect public health and avoid detrimental effects on the environment.
  5. All media enquiries to DAERA Press Office, Tel: 028 9052 4619.
  6. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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