Farmer is banned from keeping pigs for 10 years

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A South Yorkshire pig-keeper has been banned from keeping the animals for 10 years after not looking after three properly.

Melvyn Priestley, of Ballfield Avenue, Kexborough, Barnsley, admitted eight charges under animal welfare legislation.

He was given a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from owning, keeping, dealing or participating in keeping pigs for of 10 years and pay costs of £1,290 and victim surcharge of £60.

The court heard that, during a routine visit, an animal health officer discovered three pigs that appeared to have been left unattended for several weeks.

An inner wall had collapsed and the pigs had been left with severe skin burn from living in their own slurry.