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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbrian farmer facing unnecessary suffering to cow charge

A Cumbrian farmer is to appear before magistrates in Carlisle to face a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a cow.

Russell Bowman, 43, of Castlerigg Farm, Armathwaite, near Carlisle, is alleged to have committed the offence by failing to properly care for the animal after it developed an eye infection.

The offence was allegedly committed between January 15 this year and May 15.

Bowman also faces three related charges: the first that he failed in his duty to protect the same animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease; and two alleged offences of contravening a regulation by allowing the cow to be transported in an unfit state from his farm to an auction mart in Penrith and then to an abattoir in Derbyshire.

Magistrates in Carlisle agreed that the case would go back before the court on January 22 when Bowman will enter his pleas.

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