Mark Girvan, 47, from Limehill Road, Pomeroy was convicted at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court of one charge of dishonestly making a false representation at a TB test regarding 14 reactor cattle, two charges of trying to affect the results of a TB test. He was also convicted of one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to 14 cattle, one charge of failing to present animals for TB testing and two charges of failing to notify the department of the births of bovine animals.
This case came as a result of discrepancies found during a tuberculosis test and a follow up investigation carried out by officers from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DAERA) Welfare and Enforcement Branch.
The control of TB is dependent on identifying reactor animals at tests conducted by the DAERA. Interfering with the results of a TB test undermines the confidence of the general public in the honesty of the farming community and in 2017/2018, the cost of TB reactor compensation payments were estimated to be £24.6m.
Girvan received a 12 month custodial sentence suspended for two years and was fined £200 plus a £15 Offenders levy. He was also disqualified from keeping all animals except a family pet for a period of 10 years.
His son Anthony Girvan, also of Limehill Road, Pomeroy was convicted at the same court of one charge of failing to present animals for TB testing and two charges of failing to notify the department of the births of bovine animals. He was fined £450 plus £15 Offenders levy.