A 62-year-old Northland farmer has been fined $5,000 and banned from owning more than 70 cows for two years after being found guilty of a range of animal welfare offences.
Kenneth Charles Wood was sentenced at the Whangarei District Court last week.
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As well as the fine and ban, he was ordered to pay court costs of $130 and veterinary costs of $525.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) brought a prosecution against Woods after receiving a complaint about the state of some of his cattle on his Oruawharo property.
MPI said it was a concern that it was an avoidable situation where animals suffered unnecessarily as a result of the farmer failing to ensure his cattle's physical, health and daily needs were met.