Farmer banned for life from keeping farm animals

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A cattle farmer has been banned for life from keeping farm animals after failing to look after his cattle.

Charles Geoffrey Rogers, 75, of Traboe Farm, Helston has been banned from keeping, possessing, selling or transporting farm animals for life, given a three-year parole and ordered to pay £6,290 £ of legal costs following a lawsuit brought by Cornwall Council.

On 02 and 17 March 2021 officers from the Cornish Council Animal Health Team and an APHA Veterinarian (Animal and Plant Health Agency) visited the farm.

They discovered poor conditions on the farm, severe lameness in the herd and found animals unacceptably thin. It was also found that mature bulls were kept in the same paddocks as sexually mature females but too young or too small to give birth without injury or death.

Mr Rogers appeared in Truro Magistrates Court on February 23, 2022 and pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  1. Failing to protect lame cattle from pain and suffering by not providing effective treatment when the lameness was severe and clearly visible.
  2. Failing to provide very thin livestock with adequate feed when there is no fodder available and the pasture is very poor.
  3. Do not protect sexually mature but young or undersized females from full sexually mature males from pain, suffering and injury.

Kevin Hill, prosecuting on behalf of Cornwall Council, told the court the animals were too wild and dangerous for a full inspection to be carried out, but there was not enough food provided to the animals throughout of winter. A number of animals were found to be lame and uncomfortable.

The court heard the cattle were in poor physical condition and the bulls were left to run with the herd, so there was no attempt to control numbers or protect the young or small females from pain or pain. pain.

As a mitigation, it was said that after living life as a farmer for so long, it was very hard to quit and the decision to give up farming as a way of life is not easy to make. . While the potential was there for young females to come to calving, none of them did. It was said in court that Mr Rogers had sold or disposed of all his stock and was now retired.

The bench chairman said the issues were very serious and factored in the early guilty plea and the cattle were no longer on the farm.

Jane Tomlinson, trading standards manager for Cornwall Council, said: “Mr Rogers has shown himself unable to manage the care of his animals, even after considerable advice over a long period of time from l ‘APHA, Council and Farm Cornwall.’

Councilor Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder for the Cornwall Council for Environment and Climate Change, said: “Where officers find non-compliance or complete disregard for farm animal welfare, the Council will take formal measures to protect animals and the reputation of the Cornish farming industry.

Article published on February 25, 2022

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