Prize-winning sheep breeder fined for animal welfare offences


Offences included causing cruelty to sheep and failing to dispose of sheep carcases

Prize-winning sheep breeder fined for animal welfare offences

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Offences included causing cruelty to sheep and failing to dispose of sheep carcases

A 24-year-old prize-winning farmer has been ordered to pay over €7,200 (£6,184) for causing cruelty to his sheep.

Samuel Rogers from near Camelford, UK, pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on November 7th to causing cruelty to sheep, failing to dispose of sheep carcases and failing to provide a suitable environment for livestock.

Cornwall Council visited the farm and other land farmed by Rogers in April having issued him with a caution for similar offences in 2018.

Inspection

Animal health inspectors and a vet from the Government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency found more than 30 sheep and lamb carcases and two emaciated ewes.

The inspection team also found that livestock had access to sharp items and trailing wire and movement record discrepancies in Rogers' paperwork.

He pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of a lamb carcase and 19 sheep carcases, causing unnecessary suffering to two emaciated ewes, failing to provide a suitable environment for sheep and cattle and failing to complete an annual sheep flock inventory.

'Failed' to act upon advice'

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Manager Jane Tomlinson, said: “Rogers has been given a lot of advice over the last 18 months and unfortunately, he has failed to act upon it."

"He is a young man who has won prizes for his sheep at local shows this summer, but unfortunately, this is not reflected in his farming practices on a larger scale,” Tomlinson added.

Stuart Benson, Head of Service, Business Standards and Registration with Cornwall Council said: “Cornwall Council officers work to assist farmers, smallholders and businesses across Cornwall in complying with the relevant legislation."

"However, where officers find repeated non-compliance, the Council will take formal action to protect the reputation of the Cornish farming industry and protect livestock,” Benson concluded.

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