A Timaru farmer will have to wait until next week to know his fate on charges of ill-treating animals.
The trial of Anthony James Lauren, 42, finished yesterday in Timaru District Court before Judge Joanna Maze, who will deliver her verdict in Oamaru District Court next Thursday.
Lauren was on trial on six charges of ill-treating the animals, brought after a Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry inspector and an Oamaru vet found 148 dead cows and calves at Mt Belle farm in Kurow on July 23, 2009. Later 13 cattle had to be put down.
The remaining 185 cattle were also found to be in distress and eventually were given to a neighbour to care for.
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