A farmer and his wife admitted causing unnecessary suffering to cattle at Cirencester Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25 January and were fined a total of £25,550.

John Beavis and his wife Inger of Hill Farm, Oxenton, Gloucestershire pleaded guilty to eight and seven charges respectively of cruelty to cattle brought by Glocs County Council Trading Standards. 

Both Mr and Mrs Beavis also pleaded guilty to failing to replace cattle ear tags and Mr Beavis also pleaded guilty to failing to present cattle for Tuberculosis testing.

The couple were banned from keeping livestock for 10 years and ordered to pay a contribution of £30,000 towards the prosecution costs.

The couple, both aged in their 60s, narrowly missed a custodial sentence having been convicted of animal welfare offences in the past. 

In passing sentence the judge gave the couple until August 2006 to sell their stock.