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Green Grass Farms and contract milker fined almost $10,000 for over 100 cow tail breaks

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 5, 2019
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An Invercargill farming operation and a contract milker employed by the company have been convicted and fined almost $10,000 after more than 100 cows in their care suffered broken tails.

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Green Grass Farms Limited and Wilem Barend Wouters were sentenced when they appeared in the Invercargill District Court after pleading guilty to 1 charge each under the Animal Welfare Act.

The company was fined $4,500 plus court costs of $130, solicitor’s fees of $500, and vet fees totalling $624.

Wouters was fined $5,000 plus court costs of $130, solicitor’s fees of $500, and vet fees totalling $624.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) animal welfare inspectors and an independent veterinarian inspected the dairy herd owned by Green Grass Farms Limited in February 2019 and found 101 cows with broken tails.

Manager animal welfare compliance Gray Harrison says the cows’ injuries were consistent with excessive force being applied during handling.


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