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Statement on behalf of John Bell and Berryfields Farms Ltd

Written by on August 29, 2020

Article Published on Saturday August 29, 2020 11:00 AM by


Statement on behalf of John Bell and Berryfields Farms Ltd


In relation to recent press articles, John Bell and Berryfields Farms Ltd would like to release the following statement.

“The distressing scenes recently highlighted at our Daventry site which were obtained by illegally sited cameras, are wholly unacceptable and entirely contrary to the policies, philosophies and practices of Berryfields Farms Ltd.

We would like to draw attention to the fact that the individuals involved in these incidents and this reprehensible behaviour were all under the employ of a third-party organisation. The cattle were also owned by a third-party individual and were under the supervision of the individual and the third-party staff, on our site.

The owner of the cattle has been suspended from Berryfields Farms Ltd site.

Berryfields Farms Ltd does not condone animal cruelty, or any causation that leads to it. We take good care of our livestock, and all staff are trained to recognise distress or illness. All are experienced stockmen who have worked with cattle for many years.

Red Tractor Assurance has since visited the farm and has undertaken a full audit. A thorough investigation was also undertaken by a third-party vet to investigate animal health, as well as an Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) vet for a second opinion.

Both vets were happy with the health and treatment protocols of the animals. Our employees have undertaken a comprehensive course in animal welfare and lameness management, which took place this afternoon (Friday 28th August).

Out of 1400 cattle on site, only 8 animals are lame, which is not unusual, but is of course an area we aim to improve still further.

We would like to categorically state that the disgraceful behaviour witnessed was very much done by a third-party and does not reflect or represent the standards we set at Berryfields Farms Ltd.”

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