Farmer convicted at Omagh Magistrates’ Court

Date published: 14 July 2017

A County Tyrone farmer has been convicted of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey.

Ryan McElduff (21) of Creggan Road, Cranagh, Carrickmore, pleaded guilty at Omagh Magistrates’ Court today and received a conditional discharge for 18 months.

This case arose, when the Official Veterinarian (OV) at an abattoir examined a cow presented by Mr McElduff. The animal was bearing very little weight on its left hind leg and was showing signs of being in pain and distress. The leg was submitted to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) for examination and a pathologist concluded that there was an unstable fracture of the femur.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr McElduff was convicted of one charge, of causing a bovine animal to be transported which was not fit for the journey contrary to Regulation 5(1)(a) of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (Northern Ireland 2006 and the Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.
  2. The Welfare of Animals (Transport) Regulations (NI) 2006 also requires that animals must be fit to travel and must be cared for if they fall ill or are injured during transport. The animals must be accompanied by competent persons and must be transported to their destinations without undue delay. All those who have animals in their care either on farm, in transit or at slaughter have a duty of care to look after that animals’ welfare.
  3. All media enquiries to DAERA Press Office, Tel: 028 9052 4619. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974 383 and your call will be returned.

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