A 65-year-old dairy farmer from Cooma in northern Victoria was recently convicted of cruelty charges at Shepparton Magistrates Court for failing to feed his cattle.
The farmer pleaded guilty to a total of nineteen charges, including seventeen charges of aggravated cruelty, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
Agriculture Victoria District Veterinary Officer Hannah Delahunty was called to give evidence on the facts alleged.
Dr Delahunty said Agriculture Victoria officers found a herd of 90 dairy cattle in an emaciated body condition, with a number of cattle dead or too weak to stand in June 2016.
“The pasture available to the cattle was insufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the herd, which included milking and pregnant cows,” Dr Delahunty said.
“All farmers have a responsibility to maintain Victoria’s reputation in farming practices.”
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