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Pregnant cow crofters in Lewis lose damages claim

Pregnant cow crofters in Lewis lose damages claim
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Image caption The case concerned a herd of pedigreed Highland farm animals

A pair have failed in their bid to claim repayment after a neighbours’ bull escaped and impregnated one in all their pedigree Highland cows.

Bernard and Kathleen Allen, of Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis, alleged the Belted Galloway bull was once again and again discovered on land the place they stored their farm animals.

They claimed the incidents compromised the standing in their herd.

The Allens had sought greater than £20,000 in repayment.

However, their neighbours David and Janine Hargreaves, who now reside in Sutherland, denied they had been at fault for the deficient state of a boundary fence.

A sheriff rejected the repayment claim after listening to the case at Stornoway Sheriff Court in Lewis.

‘Neighbour dispute’

The court docket had heard that Mr and Mrs Allen was mindful in 2009 the Hargreaves’ bull was once amongst their cows.

This took place, they claimed, about 30 occasions till 2010 when the next fence was once erected. There was once additionally an incident the place the bull “clashed” with a bull the Allens had employed.

It was once additional alleged that in 2010 one of the most pedigree Highland cows gave delivery to a Belted Galloway-cross calf.

In his ruling, Sheriff David Sutherland mentioned the “real nature of the claim was a neighbour dispute”.

He mentioned whilst he was once in for sure Mrs Allen was once “extremely distressed” via the entire state of affairs, “this does not excuse coming to court and presenting a case which is, at best, exaggerated and unreliable”.

Sheriff Sutherland drew on a prior ruling via the Scottish Land Court which advised the Allens had been answerable for a disputed boundary fence.

The sheriff mentioned: “I accept the evidence of Mr and Mrs Hargreaves that while their cattle did go onto the crofts belonging to the pursuers, nonetheless that was only because of the state of repair of the fence which Mr Allen was responsible for.”

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