South Newington sheep farmer fined over lamb death

An Oxfordshire farmer has been fined after one of his lambs was attacked and killed by crows while weakened by a gut worm infection.

Other lambs in the flock of more than 100 kept at fields at South Newington near Banbury by Sebastian Peissel were also suffering, the court heard.

He admitted four offences under the Animal Welfare Act at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court.

He was fined £1,100. The charges were brought by Trading Standards.

Peissel also pleaded guilty to ten offences under the Animal By-Products Regulations.

Missing eye

A walker spotted the lamb, lying on its side in a pool of blood, with one eye missing but still alive in November last year. Part of its tongue was missing.

Officers from the county council's Trading Standards, the RSPCA and a vet visited the fields and found the lamb had died.

Another animal which was emaciated, dehydrated and unable to stand had to be put down.

Some other sheep were also showing symptoms associated with parasitic gastro-enteritis.

The carcasses of 13 sheep were found around the fields in various stages of decomposition.

Peissel admitted causing a lamb unnecessary suffering by failing to protect it from predation and failing to provide three other sheep with appropriate care.

Richard Webb, acting head of service for Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards Service, said: "A reasonable stockman should have spotted the disease symptoms and treated the lambs at the initial scouring stage.

"Mr Peissel clearly failed in his duty of care to these lambs with the consequences, for at least one of the lambs, being what can only be described as horrific."

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