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Dairy farmed fined for abuse of 200 cows

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/12/2016

Cows on New Zealand farm © Getty Images Cows on New Zealand farm A West Coast dairy farmer has been fined $15,000 for the 'prolonged abuse' of more than 200 cows.

Warren Arthur McNabb pleaded guilty last month to one charge of reckless ill-treatment of two dairy cows by breaking their tails and one charge of failing to ensure 210 dairy cows with broken tails received treatment.

The 58-year-old was sentenced in the Nelson District Court on Wednesday after the case was brought by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

MPI Canterbury-Westland's district compliance manager, Howard Reid, said the vet discovered that 210 out of 446 milking cows had broken tails and, upon further inspection, found that 20 cows had multiple breaks.

He is also banned from having any involvement with milking cows for six months and must pay court costs of $130, reparation of $1651.70 for vet fees and $250 in solicitors' costs incurred by MPI.

MPI animal welfare inspectors and a vet carried out an inspection on McNabb's farm near Karamea in November last year.

Mr Reid said the vet described the scale of the breakages as being "systematic of prolonged animal abuse".

"He had never seen this scale of abuse before in his professional career."

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