Kyabram Free Press
Farmer fined $60k
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 email@example.com