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Contractor used scissors to cut off teats

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/07/2016

A Taranaki milk contractor who cut off the teats of dairy cows with scissors and no pain relief has been fined nearly $4000.

The Ministry for Primary Industries started investigating Claudio Da Costa, 47, last year after the Okato property owners discovered 12 cows had missing teats.

Da Costa was convicted and fined $3750 in New Plymouth District Court on Thursday after admitting placing rubber rings on the teats and waiting two days before cutting them off with scissors.

"Da Costa said the cows had bad lacerations to their teats and he considered it the quickest and cheapest way to fix the problem," MPI's Mike Green said.

The method was "draconian" and had no place in modern farming, he said.

Veterinary experts said it was unlikely the teats even required removal.

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