Clayhidon farmer Philip Govier was told by a judge at Exeter Crown Court to give up farming after he pleaded guilty to 14 charges of neglect to animals at Willtown Farm.
Govier allowed the carcases of dead animals to be eaten by dogs and predators and left his cattle in such filthy conditions they developed inflammations of the skin.
Welfare officials found the rotting remains of sheep, cattle and even a horse on his land and the live animals were put at risk by being exposed to barbed wire and rusting sheet metal, Exeter Crown Court was told.
”Mr Govier’s farm has become completely unmanageable for him as a result of his poor health and animal husbandry. The farm is now in a terrible state of disrepair and the animals are kept largely in squalor,” said Sean Brunton, prosecuting for Devon County council.
Full report here from the Western Morning News