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Farmer who caused lamb ‘unnecessary suffering’ given two year livestock ban

Posted on: 18 June 2021

A North Devon farmer who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a lamb has been banned from keeping cattle and sheep for two years.

Andrew Conibear, 57, of Knapp Down, Combe Martin, pleaded guilty to failing to look after animals in his care in Barnstaple Magistrates on 8 June.

He also pleaded guilty of failing to dispose of dead livestock without ‘undue delay’.

Over two years Conibear had repeatedly been advised by officers from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards and vets from the Animal and Plant Health Agency about the condition of his livestock.

The animals were in poor condition with little food and suitable conditions to lay. In one instance a lamb was so weak it could not stand and had to be euthanised to prevent further suffering.

The court suspended the ban for three months in order to give Conibear time for the sale and disposal of his existing livestock.

In addition to the ban Conibear was ordered to pay a £150 fine and a £34 victim surcharge.