Trading Standards prosecutes pig farm business

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A farming company and its director have been handed a bill of almost £36,000 after it was uncovered that injured animals were being inadequately treated.

An investigation by Trading Standards teams in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, along with the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, revealed very poor medical care for injured pigs at Southview Farm, East Keal, Lincs, and Stygate Farm, Pickwell.

It resulted in Belmont Farms Ltd being ordered to pay £26,728 in fines and costs. Its director William Costello (53) was landed with a bill of £9,100, while the company’s UK manager Charlie Miller (51) was cautioned on 27 offences.

Ian Newell, for Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: “The condition of some of the pigs in the farm’s hospital pens was appalling. The generally lax regime for assessing and treating injured pigs allowed them to decline until they suffered and could have jeopardised human health via the food chain although there is no evidence on this occasion to suggest that happened.”