Waikato farmer fined after neglected cattle left suffering from ‘chronic under-nutrition’ | 1 NEWS

Waikato farmer fined after neglected cattle left suffering from ‘chronic under-nutrition’ | 1 NEWS
Waikato farmer fined after neglected cattle left suffering from ‘chronic under-nutrition’ | 1 NEWS

A Waikato farmer has been fined $17,500 and warned he may very well be disqualified from farming after his neglect led to the deaths of 11 younger cattle. 

Dairy cow. (File picture)
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Rodney Grant Nicol, 61, owns a 300-cow dairy farm in Tokoroa and had 110 yearlings on the time he was investigated by the Ministry of Primary Industries final August. 

He appeared within the Tokoroa District Court right this moment, after beforehand pleading responsible to seven costs underneath the Animal Welfare Act. 

An MPI welfare inspector discovered seven useless yearlings on their first go to to the farm on 10 August, who Nicol believed died of parasites. 

He was then instructed to drench all of his yearlings for parasites inside 9 working days. 

The Ministry then obtained additional complaints as to the remedy of the yearlings following their preliminary go to. 

“If we discover proof of deliberate cruelty to animals, we are going to maintain the individual accountable to account,“ MPI regional supervisor for animal welfare, Brendon Mikkelsen mentioned. 

Further inspection later in August discovered that 32 of the yearlings had not been drenched inside the agreed time interval.

Many of the cattle had been additionally affected by “continual under-nutrition” in keeping with Mikkelsen. 

Two extra yearlings had been suggested to be euthanised by a vet, with one so weak it was caught in a fence. 

The tenth animal was discovered useless in a paddock close to these yearlings.

Mikkelson mentioned the cattle had been lower than half the burden they need to have been and would have “suffered vastly” from neglect. 

“The vet additionally famous that he had not come throughout younger inventory in such a state of malnourishment throughout his profession.”

Nicol had mentioned the eleventh yearling had been drenched and given a vitamin B12 however died after it was caught in heavy rain. 

During the investigation, he had advised MPI inspectors that he’d prioritised his milking herd over the yearlings’ wellbeing. 

It’s not the primary time Nicol has appeared earlier than the courts on animal welfare costs; having beforehand pleaded responsible on costs that concerned failing to make sure affordable remedy of a dairy cow with a damaged leg. 

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