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Farmer who failed to dispose of animal cases jailed and fined £1,000

Discrepancies were noted during inspection of defendant's cattle

A Co Down farmer who failed to dispose of animal carcasses has been sent to prison.

Christopher David Potts, of High Street, Gilford, pleaded guilty to a number of charges when he appeared at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

He admitted a charge of failing to notify the Department of the movement of six cattle onto his holding, two charges of failing to notify the Department of the movement of 19 cattle off his holding and two charges of failing to dispose of animal carcasses.

Twenty-three-year-old Potts was sentenced to a total of four months in prison – two months on the cattle movement offences and two on the animal byproducts charges, to run concurrently.

He was also fined £1,000 plus a £15 offenders’ levy.

The case arose as a result of a number of discrepancies found at a cattle identification inspection of Potts’ herd, carried out by DAERA’s Welfare and Enforcement Branch.

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