Farmer Maurice Foster (48) of Farnaloy Road, Madden, Armagh has been convicted of three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by Armagh Magistrates Court on Friday 18 January.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said he was also convicted for “one charge of failure to comply with an improvement notice, one charge of failure to dispose of animal by-products, one charge of failure to produce medicine records, and one charge of obstructing an inspector.”

The farmer pleaded guilty and was fined £850 and a £15 offender levy.

The case was brought to the attention of the authorities after an inspection of Mr Foster’s farm premises, where a number of cows were found to be in “very poor condition.”

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