Allen Hall, aged 53, of Bulley Lane, appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Monday November 14, 2022, to be sentenced. He had previously faced the charges brought by Gloucestershire County Council’s Trading Standards service at a hearing on 7 September 2022, when he pleaded guilty to the offences.
Magistrates sentenced him to 12 months in prison, suspended for 24 months. He was fined £4,000, ordered to pay full prosecution costs in excess of £8,000, and was also disqualified from keeping pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, alpaca and poultry for 10 years.
Following complaints from members of the public about the welfare of his animals, trading standards officers visited his farm on numerous occasions and discovered he failed to follow any of the advice given and continued to keep animals in unclean conditions without sufficient access to clean bedding.
The animals were forced to wade through deep mud to access mouldy food and dirty water and were kept in inadequately fenced fields with numerous hazards to their health.
In one case an extremely sick calf was found to have pneumonia but had not received veterinary treatment. Another cow had with painful eye problems which were not identified and treated promptly.
Vets from the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) confirmed that some of these animals suffered unnecessarily.
Other offences included failure to test cattle for bovine tuberculosis before moving them off his land, failure to report animal deaths in a timely manner, failure to report the movement of sheep onto his land and failure to properly record the use of veterinary medicines, all of which measures are designed to restrict the spread of animal disease.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for trading standards, said: “Disqualification from keeping animals is a significant decision and reflects the seriousness of this case; the fact the farmer failed to care properly for his livestock over a long period of time and consistently ignored advice given to him.
“We are doing our utmost to ensure that Gloucestershire consumers can be confident that locally produced food adheres to high welfare standards.”