A MAN who failed to dispose of sheep carcases without undue delay from a Cornwall farm has appeared before Truro magistrates.

Sam Read, aged 33, of Fore Street, Chacewater, pleaded guilty to a total five offences on Monday, while John Read, of Higher Trethannas, Praze, admitted three offences which took place at Prospect Farm between March 5 and April 10 this year.

The offences related to cattle, sheep and goats.

In the case of the cattle, both men were guilty of failing to provide them with a suitable environment, by allowing the animals access to potentially "injurious" objects and by their failure to provide the animals with sufficient food.

The charges concerning the sheep and goats related to a failure to provide them with sufficient food.

Sam also admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely 16 sheep, in failing to provide them with sufficient water.

He also indicated a guilty plea to failing to dispose of multiple sheep carcases and remains without undue delay and through an authorised route.

Truro magistrates imposed a community order on the two men, placing them under electronic curfew - John for eight weeks and Sam for 12 weeks.

They were both ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and victim surcharge of £85.

There was no disqualification imposed because magistrates said that each defendant is a person of previous good character.

"The defendants have done a considerable amount to address the concerns of the council and have put into place measures to ensure that the problems that arose will not recur.

"The court felt it would be disproportionate to impose a disqualification. The farm was set up to assist Sam Read in his development given his mental and other health problems."

A third defendant, Susan Read, aged 68, of Prospect Farm, pleaded guilty to failing to record the administration of veterinary medical products to livestock.

She was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,500 costs and £20 victim surcharge.