Cumbrian sheep farmer banned from keeping livestock

A Cumbrian sheep farmer has been banned from keeping livestock for seven years after he admitted a raft of animal welfare offences.

Daniel William Waring, 48, previously pleaded guilty to more than 30 animal welfare and disease offences at Haithwaite Farm, Penton.

He appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court for sentencing on Tuesday (28 August).

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Jon Farnworth, prosecuting on behalf of Cumbria Trading Standards, outlined three sets of offences admitted by Mr Waring.

He had previously pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to sheep between December 2017 and January this year. More than 640 of Mr Waring’s sheep died due to starvation and neglect during this period.

Mr Waring admitted failure to abide by strict disease control regulations governing animal movements, including breaches of the six-day standstill rule. He also failed to adequately report and keep farm records.

The third group of offences related to his failure to dispose of animal carcasses in a timely manner.

Mr Farnworth told the court that Mr Waring’s failure to seek immediate veterinary attention for his stock left them “dying like flies”.

Farmer ‘truly sorry’

Simon Catterall,  defending, explained that the disease outbreak took a long time to control because it was mistakenly assumed to be liver fluke disease, until later post-mortem examinations suggested the presence of a multi-resistant worm.

He added: “Mr Waring was overwhelmed by the rapid escalation of the outbreak. He was already drowning in paperwork and shattered by the sudden death of his father and uncle and was unable to cope. He is truly sorry.”

District judge Gerald Chalk sentenced Mr Waring to four months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. He ordered him to carry out 110 hours of unpaid work.

Mr Waring was also disqualified from keeping and owning livestock for seven years and told to pay £17,668 prosecution costs.