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Farmer Convicted of Causing Unnecessary Suffering to Cow.

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A County Antrim farmer has been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a cow and of transporting the animal when it was not fit for the journey.

David Alexander Millar, from Castlecatt Road, Ballyhivistock, Ballymoney, pleaded guilty at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court today and was fined £4,000 plus £19 costs and £15 offenders levy.

This case involved the transport to an abattoir of a cow which was not fit for the journey. At ante-mortem inspection a DARD Veterinary Officer discovered that the animal had a large painful tumour which had completely destroyed its left eye.

The animal collapsed and had to be euthanised immediately to prevent further suffering. In the vet’s opinion the tumour had been present for a long time and the animal should have been euthanised earlier on the farm to prevent unnecessary suffering.

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