A FARMER has been banned from keeping livestock for 10 years for allowing animals to suffer and for failing to dispose of large amounts of carcases.

The farmer, who lives near Bromyard, was also handed a suspended sentence after being taken to court by trading standards.

Charles Dowdswell Parry, 50, of Ashminton Farm, Bringsty pleaded guilty to ten charges in total and was disqualified from keeping all animals for ten years, except his dog.

It was said he allowed livestock to suffer, including 50 calves, and he failed to correctly store and dispose of large amounts of animal carcasses.

Parry was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, as well as 200 hours community service, a victim surcharge of £115 and costs of £2,221.

Complaints about the welfare of cattle and sheep were made to Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards Service in December 2018.

Animal health officers visited the site along with vets from the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Parry was advised about the welfare of his animals and his need to dispose of all animal carcasses, but subsequent visits showed there was little change.

A farm improvement notice was issued to improve the feeding, environment and welfare of the animals, but Parry didn't comply with the notice.

David Hough, manager of Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards Service, said: "This is a very serious case of animal suffering and the lack of correct care and treatment for both cattle and sheep was deplorable.

"Herefordshire Council will continue to work with all livestock keepers to ensure that best practice is maintained on farms and small holdings, but we will not tolerate animal suffering and action will be taken against anyone who disregards the welfare of farmed animals."