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Farmer banned over turkey cruelty

The turkeys were taken from the farm in December 2006

A farmer who kept turkeys in appalling conditions has been given a suspended jail sentence and banned for life from keeping animals.

Wesley Withers' farm at Corkley Road in Keady was searched in December 2006.

On Monday, Withers was given a three-month suspended sentence at Armagh Magistrates Court for causing unnecessary suffering to livestock.

A number of other animals, including calves, pigs and geese were also seized at the farm.

Welcoming the sentence, the USPCA said it hoped it would serve as a deterrent to anybody who would neglect livestock.

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