A Cotswolds farmer who made no effort to prevent his pigs accessing sausages in waste food has been banned from keeping pigs and cattle for five years.
Clive Lockton of New Road Farm, Todenham, was disqualified after his pigs and hens were found to be eating waste food including sausages and chicken and bacon sandwiches – a major offender in foot and mouth disease.
Other problems included a pig struggling to walk in a pen of deep muck while also suffering long-term injuries with no veterinary treatment.
After three inspections to the farm from Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards Services, animal health inspectors said no improvements had been made.
Mr Lockton was therefore disqualified at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday (July 9) after having previously pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to the welfare conditions of his stock.
He also admitted to failing to report the movements of cattle onto his holding, failing to put ear tags on calves within the required timeframes and breaching the Feed Hygiene legislation in relation to cleaning out pens, feed and water troughs.
But his solicitor, Tim Burrows of Steven Young Solicitors, said the suffering caused by his client was ‘only relating to one pig’ and the problems found were ‘snapshots seen on individual days’.
He said Mr Lockton had a bad back and had been working on his own for small margins, having taken on too much work.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “There are rules and regulations in place to prevent the mistreatment of animals.
“When our advice is not heeded and animals are found to be neglected and suffering, we will not hesitate to prosecute.
“I am pleased that the courts put this ban in place and I hope this case serves as a warning to others.”
Mr Lockton was forced to carry out 15 days community service over the next 12-months, with a five-year ban on keeping cattle and pigs.
He was also ordered to pay £350 towards prosecution costs with a further victim surcharge of £135.