A farmer from County Antrim has been banned from keeping animals for five years and given a suspended sentence following a number of animal cruelty charges.
James Steele, 46 was sentenced on six charges of causing unnecessary suffering to bovine animals, two charges of failure to dispose of animal carcases, one charge of failure to comply with an animal by-product requirement and one charge of using an ear tag to identify an animal which had already been used for identifying another animal.
The convictions follow numerous inspections of Mr Steele’s farm by the Department of Agriculture (DARD) veterinary service staff over a six week period in April and May 2015.
He was sentenced to five months in prison suspended for three years in respect of the animal welfare and by-product charges, and two months suspended for three years in respect of the cattle ear tag charge.
Mr Steele has been banned with immedate effect for five years under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011.