Cows ram­page farmer gets hit with £25K fine

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A FARMER has been or­dered to pay £25,000 by mag­is­trates af­ter his cows went on a ram­page.

John Pierce, 70, was also given a four-month com­mu­nity or­der, a three­month 8pm to 6am cur­few, and a ban on keep­ing or own­ing cat­tle.

Marks­men slaugh­tered his en­tire herd of 35 Friesians near Wrex­ham, north Wales, last March, af­ter they es­caped from a field and were found to be in poor health.

One of Pierce’s sons – Geraint Pierce, 35, of Chirk, was found guilty of breach­ing the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act.

In a bit­ter ex­change dur­ing a trail at Mold Mag­is­trates’ court, he said: “I don’t ac­cept that they should have shot the cows. I think they should have fed the cows and shot my old man.”

He was given a 12month com­mu­nity or­der and or­dered to carry out 80 hours of un­paid work.

An­other son, Ian Pierce, 47, of Wrex­ham, was found not guilty.

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