Two cows had to be euthanised on Maghera farm, court told

Robbery accused appeared by videolink at Magherafelt Courthouse
Robbery accused appeared by videolink at Magherafelt Courthouse

A farmer has been fined a total of £1,765 at Magherafelt Magistrates Court for various livestock offences.

John Yorke (56), of Drumlane Road, Upperlands, pleaded guilty to charges involving animal movement, identity and unnecessary suffering.

Yorke failed to notify the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of cattle movements on to his holding or the birth of three animals, one charge of using an ear tag to identify an animal which had already been used to identify another one and two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to two bovine animals.

The court heard the case arose following a cattle identification inspection and a follow-up investigation of John Yorke’s activities by officers from DAERA’s Welfare and Enforcement Branch. In addition to the cattle identification and movement irregularities, officers discovered two cows in a field in very poor condition.

Both cows were severely emaciated and unable to rise. Birds were pecking at one of the animals. The two cows were euthanised by a veterinary surgeon to prevent further suffering.