Two farmers in the UK have been ordered to pay combined costs of £2,500 (approximately €2,844) after pleading guilty to a series of animal welfare offences.
Rhona Sherratt, 72, from Lea Farm and Joseph Sigley, 69, from Frith Bottom Farm, both pleaded guilty to the animal welfare offences against cattle at the enterprise premises owned and operated by Sherratt in January 2018.
The court heard that on visiting the farm, animal health officers from Staffordshire County Council found buildings in a “state of dis-repair and debris lying around the premises which posed a danger to the animals”.
Sherratt also admitted to having a lack of shelter and dry-lying area for her animals and failing to have competent staff to look after them.
On sentencing, the judge took into consideration, the age of the defendants, their health and financial means, and ordered an 18-months conditional discharge and combined costs of £2500 (approximately €2,844).
Image source: Straffordshire County Council