A FARMER has pleaded guilty to a string of offences against animals.
David Tweed, 57, admitted 37 counts brought against him by Kirklees Council’s environmental health department.
Among the offences were four of causing unnecessary suffering to rams, nine of failing to provide pigs with fresh drinking water and six of failing to comply with EU regulations on disposing of animal remains.
There was one of failing to prevent fighting among livestock and three of failing to provide secure accommodation, as well as a number of offences relating to the documentation farmers are required to keep.
All the offences took place at Tweed’s farm on Drummer Lane in Bolster Moor.
Huddersfield magistrates heard few details about the allegations against Tweed.
But they heard the council would be seeking an order banning him from keeping animals in future.
They were told Tweed had inherited the farm from his grandfather and had been a pig breeder all his life.
His solicitor, Andrew Sugden, told the court he had a good reputation even though some of his methods were out of date.
Mr Sugden said the impact of a banning order would be considerable.
Tweed will be sentenced next month.