Farmer banned from owning sheep over carcass-littered land

A farmer has been banned from owning sheep for three years and ordered to pay more than £6,500 after pleading guilty to six animal health and welfare offences.

Michael Tennick, of Sawyer Close in Tidworth, appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on 9 January, following an investigation by Hampshire County Council Trading Standards team.

Mr Tennick was charged with three offences under the Animal Health Act 1981, one offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and two offences under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013.

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A member of the public reported a sick sheep to the council, which prompted a visit by the Trading Standards team to the farm in Monxton, near Andover, in February 2018.

An investigation uncovered failures to comply with disease-prevention regulations and disposal requirements, and further offences relating to the traceability of animals.

The council found carcasses of sheep and poultry strewn throughout Mr Tennick’s farm and discovered he had failed to ear tag eight sheep and register the movement of two sheep sold to another farmer.

He has been disqualified from keeping sheep for three years, fined £1,500, and ordered to pay £6,830 court costs.

Councillor Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “I am very pleased that the perpetrator responsible for the terrible conditions these animals have endured has been brought to justice.

“Not only did he fail to safeguard the welfare of his own animals – he also put the wider farming community, and public health, at risk through his lack of regard for disease-control measures.”