Milk Pride fined $40k over cow starvation

NARELLE HENSON
Last updated 13:12 29/05/2013

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South Island sharemilking company Milk Pride has been fined $40,000 after admitting not feeding nearly 400 cows properly.

Bad weather in the South Island stopped company representatives flying north today to hear the judge make his decision, but their lawyers argued their case in the Rotorua District Court.

The fine comes after the company pleaded guilty this month to a representative charge of failing to provide proper and sufficient food to 392 cows in 2009 on the Taharua dairy farm on the Napier-Taupo highway, formerly owned by one of the failed Crafar companies.

That plea saw the Crown drop more than 600 animal-cruelty charges against it.

Milk Pride directors Ross Cottier and Murray Flett, general manager Craig Coote and regional manager Raymond Griffin were also discharged after no evidence was offered against them.

The Ministry for Primary Industries originally brought 625 animal-cruelty charges against the men and the company over the condition of cows.

Evidence showed many of the cows were chronically underfed, with a lot having to be destroyed. 

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- Waikato Times

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