Wimborne farmer banned from keeping cattle

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By Stour & Avon Magazine | Friday, May 25, 2012, 11:00

A FARMER from Canford Bottom has been banned from keeping cattle for two years and sentenced to an eight-week curfew order after being prosecuted for failing to provide adequate feed to his herd and causing unnecessary suffering to one of his cows.

Brian Pitman, 61, was found guilty of a series of 13 offences, after a five day trial at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court ending on 16th May.

Mr Pitman had committed two offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of causing unnecessary suffering to a cow that was found collapsed and underfed, and of failing to provide sufficient feed to a herd of 90 cattle.

Pitman was also found guilty of further animal welfare offences under the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007, including failing to care for ill or injured animals without delay.

He was guilty of a further nine offences under the Cattle Identifications Regulations 2007 for failure to notify national databases of the births and deaths in relation to four animals and failing to retain and produce records for five other animals.

Pitman was sentenced with a Community Order subjecting him to a night time curfew for a period of eight weeks, fines of £300 and an order to pay prosecution costs of £200.

The case was brought by Dorset County Council after an investigation by trading standards and animal health officers in November 2010.



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