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We were there in the thick of it. The farm on the other side of the lane was second in the county to have a case, and we watched as the shed full of cows and calves were taken out into a pile in the corner of the field and burnt. We had vets here for days observing our cattle and even one we had in a shed a mile away had a frothy mouth one day, but the vet decided it wasn't F & M. Some time later a farm a further mile away had all their cattle destroyed and they wondered why we hadn't.

Although callous, we would probably have been financially better off if the cattle had caught it, as the prices we were getting for fat cattle was very bad, it was a buyers' market.

I am still not 100% sure where the first case originated from.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...