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Farmers fined for animal welfare offences

Two farmers from Meerbrook in Leek have pleaded guilty to a series of animal welfare offenses.

Rhona Sherratt, 72, from Lea Farm and Joseph Sigley 69 from Frith Bottom Farm both pleaded guilty to the animal welfare offenses against cattle at the farm premises owned and operated by Sherratt in January 2018.

On visiting the farm, animal health officers from Staffordshire county council found buildings in a state of dis-repair and debris lying around the premises which posed a danger to the animals. Sherratt also admitted to having a lack of shelter and dry-lying area for her animals and failing to have competent staff to look after them.

On sentencing, the judge took into consideration the age of the defendants, their health and their financial means, and ordered an 18 months conditional discharge and combined costs of £2500.

Philip Atkins, Leader at Staffordshire County Council said:

“While the vast majority of Staffordshire farmers look after their livestock responsibly, we do occasionally see those who fall below these standards.

“Our Animal Health team work closely with the industry to provide advice and guidance, however, will take action where necessary to protect animals and legitimate businesses. We are pleased this case has reached a successful conclusion.”