AN investigation has been launched after approximately 50 decaying cattle carcases were discovered on a Tyrone farm.
The gruesome discovery was made during a raid on farm premises near Newtownstewart at the beginning of this month.
Veterinary officers from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited the farm after receiving an anonymous tip-off reporting a serious incident of animal neglect.
The officers were shocked to discover numerous decomposing carcases in different sheds on the premises. A number of other emaciated cattle, suffering distress and malnutrition, were also found.
A spokesman for DARD said the welfare of the remaining animals was being closely monitored by vets. “A further 28 cattle, while thin, are still alive and doing well. Veterinary officers continue to monitor the welfare of the remaining animals.”
Confirming the incident the spokesman added, “DARD veterinary officers visited a farm in Co Tyrone following an anonymous call reporting a serious welfare incident on February 2, 2012. Inspectors were appalled to find approximately 50 cattle carcases in different sheds. An investigation is ongoing.”