Dead calves dumped in Co Derry woods

The calves discovered at Knockbrack
The calves discovered at Knockbrack

An investigation is underway after six dead calves were dumped in woods on the outskirts of Derry.

Farming Minister Michelle O’Neill ordered the probe after a member of the public alerted her to the carcass dump at Knockbrack Wood last weekend via social media.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) said the six calf carcasses remain unidentified.

“DARD Veterinary Service is investigating the presence of the calf carcases at Knockbrack Wood, Derry, as DARD is the Competent Authority for enforcement of the Animal By-products (ABP) Legislation. Six calf carcasses were found at the site,” the spokeswoman said.

They were not identified.

“Sporadic cases of the dumping of carcasses occur, but this is the first one from that locality this year.”

The spokeswoman said precautions were taken during the removal of the animals removal to minimise the risk to public health.

“Arrangements are now being made for the disposal of the carcasses,” she said.