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.