Northland farmer banned from owning cattle, fined $5,000 for animal welfare offences

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.

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.