Ballygawley farmer fined over injured animal


A Ballygawley farmer has been fined after admitting transporting an animal with a broken leg.

Colin James Busby, from Armaloughey Road, was charged at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court of transporting an animal to an abattoir in a way that caused or was likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

He pleaded guilty and was fined £400 plus £22 costs and £15 offenders levy.

The case arose from Mr Busby transporting a bullock to Omagh Meats which was not fit for the journey.

A Department of Agriculture Veterinary Officer conducting bovine ante-mortem inspections at the plant observed the bullock being unloaded and saw that it could not bear any weight on its left hind leg.

The vet suspected the leg was broken and ensured the bullock was destroyed in the lairage. On post-mortem inspection the bullock had a complete fracture of the lower femur (thigh bone).

A DARD spokesperson said they were determined to protect the welfare of livestock.