Loughgall farmer failed to dispose of animal carcase

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A Loughgall farmer has been given a suspended prison sentence on four charges related to keeping animals.

Robert McKeown, from Cloveneden Road, was sentenced at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

He had previously been convicted of failure to notify the movement of one animal off his holding, failure to dispose of an animal carcase, failure to keep a herd register and failure to present animals for a tuberculosis test.

He was given a two-month prison sentence suspended for two years, fined £150 plus £55 costs and a £15 offender’s levy.

The case arose from a number of discrepancies found at a cattle identification inspection carried out by Veterinary Service Enforcement Branch (VSEB).

Meanwhile, in January, McKeown was convicted of a number of animal welfare charges, including causing unnecessary suffering.

Officers from DARD Veterinary Service discovered animals being kept in horrendous conditions in unsuitable housing. A number of animals had to be humanely put down to prevent further suffering.

McKeown was convicted of one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to two bovine animals and two charges of failing to ensure the needs of three animals were met as required by good practice.

He was also convicted of two charges of failure to provide adequate care without delay for three animals which appeared to be ill or injured, two charges of failure to comply with notices requiring him to provide a safe environment for his animals and requiring him to provide sufficient feeding spaces for housed cattle, one charge of failing to ensure that the accommodation for his animals was maintained to ensure it was not likely to cause injury to his animals.

He was further charged with failing to have the carcasses of two animals collected without undue delay, failing to hold a carcass in such a manner as to ensure that any animal or bird would not have access to it, failing to have the body of a bovine animal tested for BSE within 24 hours of its death and failure to produce his medicine records.

He was disqualified from keeping bovine animals for two years in respect of the Welfare of Animals Act and given a conditional discharge for two years on the other charges.