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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Ex-Cumbrian NFU chief denies causing suffering to cow

A former chairman of the National Farmers’ Union in Cumbria has denied causing unnecessary suffering to a cow.

Russell Bowman, 42, of Castlerigg Farm, Armathwaite, is accused of having committed the offence by failing to properly care for the animal after it developed an eye infection.

The offence is alleged to have been committed between January 15 and May 15 last year.

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.

He appeared before magistrates in Carlisle yesterday where he entered not guilty pleas to all four charges.

Bowman spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

The case was adjourned for a two-day trial before a district judge – a date has yet to be confirmed.

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