A Westport sheep farmer has pleaded guilty to 10 offences under the Animal Cruelty and Welfare Act after 34 of his flock were found dead on his lands due to malnutrition.

Martin Walsh (44) of Ballintleva, Clogher, Westport, Co Mayo, appeared before last Wednesday’s sitting of Castlebar District Court charged with 34 counts of being in breach of the Animal and Welfare Act. He pleaded to 10 counts, with the remaining 24 being taken in consideration by the State.