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Farmer fined after pregnant ewe left for dead

A Welsh farmer has been fined over £3,000 for failure to provide adequate nutrition for his flock of sheep.


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One of the sheep found in poor condition.
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Farmer fined after pregnant ewe left for dead

A farmer has been fined over £3,000 after his flock of sheep were found in ’such a poor condition’ one pregnant ewe was put down.

 

Hugh Davies of Castell Dwyrain, Carmarthenshire, admitted two animal health and welfare offences and two animal by-product offences at Haverfordwest Magistrates on Thursday November 24.

 

Mr Davies had reportedly failed to provide sufficient feed for the sheep as they were approaching lambing.

 

One pregnant ewe – carrying three full-term lambs – was lame due to foot rot and was thought to have died from sheep scab infection.

 

Another ewe had to be put down to prevent further suffering from lack of nutrition.

 

Welfare officers also found large numbers of sheep carcasses in sheds and fields during visits to Martletwy where Mr Davies kept cattle and sheep.

 

The Council issued an animal by-products notice but found Mr Davies had failed to comply when subsequent farm visits found more than 10 dead sheep still in the field.

 

The Magistrates imposed a conditional discharge for 12 months for one animal welfare offence and one animal by-product offence with no separate penalty for the other two offences.

 

Mr Davies was fined £3,525.04 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

 

He said at the time of the offences his mother was ill and the shepherd who looked after his flock had failed to perform his duties properly.

 

He has not been disqualified from keeping animals.


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