Following an animal welfare complaint made against the farm by VIVA on 6th March during the worst snow for 30 years, and during a period when our stock was rightly taken inside for cover and feeding, and also to care for a sick animal, we immediately cooperated fully with the proper authority, the Animal Plant and Health Agency.
The Animal Plant and Health Agency visited us on 12th March and inspectors were satisfied with both our standards and approach to animal care and welfare.
In addition to this, our farm has also been independently inspected by another Veterinary Surgeon and the RSPCA and no animal welfare issues were identified or gave rise to concerns.
The calf in the report was too old to be in a hutch and was only there temporarily due to the extreme weather; the authorities understood this.
We wish to assure all of our customers, clients and friends that we are responsible Devon farmers and take the welfare of animals very seriously.
We deeply regret that these false and malicious claims have been made against us, and also wish to point out that members of VIVA entered our farm without our consent as illegal trespassers at approximately 3am on 6 March 2018 in order to take video footage, which they then incorrectly claimed showed poor animal welfare conditions when, in reality, our stock was being well cared for in the prevailing weather conditions.