Salisbury Plain farmer banned from owning cattle

Salisbury Plain farmer banned from owning cattle

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:44am 15th October 2019.

The 63 year old admitted five offences at Salisbury Magistrates relating to the welfare of livestock.

Michael Babey, from Orcheston, appeared in court yesterday (14th October) where he pleaded guilty to four offences under the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2007.

The offences related to failing to ensure that cattle had access to a well maintained dry lying area, were given enough space to move around and lie down, and had an adequate supply of drinking water.

The offences took place between March and June this year and included the case of four young adult bulls which were found housed in a shelter measuring only 2.67m x 3.55m. 

They did not have enough space to lie down and were standing on deep, wet, dirty bedding one meter deep. 

Wiltshire Trading Standards say Mr Babey failed to put things right even though a wealth of advice and opportunity had been given to him.

Cows Orchestron
Mr Babey failed to provide adequate conditions for his livestock

He also pleaded guilty to a further offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for failing over a period of three months to provide his animals with a suitable environment. 

The magistrates decided on a penalty on this particular offence with no separate penalty for the other four offences.

SENTENCE:

Mr Babey was ordered to pay a total of £1103 in fines and costs towards the prosecution .

He also received a disqualification order banning him from owning cattle for five years to prevent the risk of causing suffering to animals in the future.

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