Kyabram Free Press

Farmer fined $60k

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A Cooma dairy farmer has been fined $60,000 and banned from owning livestock for 10 years following an appeal by Agricultur­e Victoria.

John Hall was recently resentence­d in the Melbourne County Court and fined, a spokespers­on for the department said.

The original 10-year disqualifi­cation order from being the owner or person in charge of any animal was also reinstated.

Mr Hall pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide proper and sufficient feed to his herd of 155 cattle, failing to comply with a notice issued by an authorised officer and five separate charges of aggravated cruelty to eight cows, according to the spokespers­on.

Agricultur­e Victoria animal health and welfare compliance manager Daniel Bode said the dairy farmer was previously convicted for similar offences in 2017.

“In this case Mr Hall had again failed to comply with a notice under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and failed to provide adequate care to his stock,” Mr Bode said.

Reputation­al damage may also be caused to Victoria’s dairy farmers, jeopardisi­ng the industry, according to Mr Bode.

“This is a reminder to all livestock producers that animal cruelty will not be tolerated by the Victorian Government or the community,” he said.

Anyone wishing to make a specific complaint in regard to livestock welfare can contact Agricultur­e Victoria on 136 186 or aw.complaint@agricultur­e.vic.gov.au

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