Farmer in court for breaking cow’s tail

Farmer in court for breaking cow’s tail

A New Zealand farmer pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty on Monday, after investigators found he had dumped a live cow in an offal pit and broken the tails of hundreds of other cows on a South Island farm.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said Michael Whitelock worked as a dairy manager on a farm near Westport on the west coast of the South Island from July 2012, until he was suspended in September 2013.

The ministry said it began an investigation after a vet examined the 1,100-strong herd and found 152 cows and 57 heifers had broken tails. Read more

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