Tyrone farmer convicted of animal welfare offences banned from keeping livestock

Photos taken by DARD Veterinary staff during inspections at Nigel Conways farm
Photos taken by DARD Veterinary staff during inspections at Nigel Conways farm

A Tyrone farmer has been convicted of 16 animal welfare charges, including five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to sheep and a cow and failing to dispose of five animal carcasses.

Nigel Conway from Drumlester Road in Sixmilecross, has now been banned from keeping animals for six months and given four weeks to “depopulate his flock”.

Photos taken by DARD Veterinary staff during inspections at Nigel Conways farm

Photos taken by DARD Veterinary staff during inspections at Nigel Conways farm

The case, which was heard at Omagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday, March 8, was brought by the Department of Agriculture following an anonymous tip-off.

Conway, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was fined was fined £1,000 on one charge of failing to dispose of carcasses.

He received a conditional discharge for two years in relation to the remaining 15 charges and was also disqualified from keeping all animals for six month. He also received a £15 offenders levy.

The charges of which he was convicted include five counts of failing to dispose of animal carcasses, one charge of failing to notify the movement of bovine animals on to his holding, one charge of using eartags to identify an animal which had already been used to identify another animal, one charge of failing to comply with a movement notice, five charges of causing unnecessary suffering to sheep and a cow and three charges of failing to ensure the needs of animals were met to the extent required by good practice.

Photos taken by DARD Veterinary staff during inspections at Nigel Conways farm

Photos taken by DARD Veterinary staff during inspections at Nigel Conways farm

It would be regarded as good practice to remove without delay an animal carcase from a farm to prevent spread of disease and protect public health and avoid detrimental effects to the environment.