A Rotorua farm manager who ran his 4WD into the back of the cows he was herding has been fined $3500.
Kerry James Murphy, 29, was sentenced in Huntly District Court this week after admitting animal cruelty charges.
In April 2015 Murphy was working on a Te Kauwhata dairy farm and returning a herd to their paddock using the vehicle.
Once the cows started moving, Murphy drove in behind them, hitting them with the bull bars of his 4x4 vehicle, even though those at the rear were running as fast as they could, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.
"Hitting a cow with a vehicle is never reasonable nor necessary," said spokesman Gary Orr.
He said the conviction and fine sent a clear message that that sort of animal cruelty would not be tolerated.