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Farmer breached welfare rules

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A dairy farmer and award winning cheese maker who lives near Whitchurch has received a suspended jail sentence after admitting a string of animal welfare offences. A dairy farmer and award winning cheese maker who lives near Whitchurch has received a suspended jail sentence after admitting a string of animal welfare offences. John Bourne, 64, of Bank Farm, Malpas, appeared at Chester Magistrates Court yesterday after previously admitting nine charges relating to the welfare of his herd including two charges of causing unnecessary suffering. The 64-year-old is in charge of family firm HS Bourne. At court yesterday magistrates sentenced him to two months in prison, suspended for 12 months, for causing unnecessary suffering to two cows and ordered him to pay £1,750 costs. Read the full story in today's Shropshire Star 

A dairy farmer and award winning cheese maker who lives near Whitchurch has received a suspended jail sentence after admitting a string of animal welfare offences.

John Bourne, of Bank Farm, Malpas, appeared at Chester Magistrates Court yesterday after previously admitting nine charges relating to the welfare of his herd including two charges of causing unnecessary suffering.

The 64-year-old is in charge of family firm HS Bourne which has been hand making Cheshire cheese since the 1930s and has won awards at the Nantwich International Cheese Show, the World Cheese Awards and British Cheese Awards.

At court yesterday magistrates sentenced him to two months in prison, suspended for 12 months, for causing unnecessary suffering to two cows and ordered him to pay £1,750 costs.

He also received a one-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, to run consecutively for failing to dispose of carcasses.

The bench made no separate penalties for charges relating to failing to keep animals in their required condition and failing to keep veterinary records.

The court had previously heard an investigation started on May 10 last year after Trading Standards officers made an inspection with a Government vet to the farm.

A series of visits followed and this led to the charges being brought.

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