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August 21, 2012 - 14:57

 A Dorset farmer 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 of 90 cattle, and causing unnecessary suffering to one of his cows.

 

Farmer Brian Pitman, aged 61, of Canford Bottom, Wimborne, was found guilty of a series of 13 offences, after a five day trial at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court ending on 16 May 2012.  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.

 

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.

 

Ivan Hancock, trading standards service manager for Dorset County Council said:

 

"It is very unusual to find a livestock farmer who is so resistant to attempts to help manage animal welfare issues, and to fail to recognise the problems being caused.

 

“Mr Pitman has continually failed to cooperate with the County Council and the courts, meaning delays resulted in bringing the matters to trial.

 

“This prosecution and seizure of livestock from Mr Pitman follows on from a very similar incident in 2009, for which he was also prosecuted, so the disqualification against him keeping cattle must be welcomed".