A Rotorua farm manager who ran his four-wheel-drive vehicle into the back of the cows he was herding has been fined $3500.
Kerry James Murphy, 29, was sentenced in the Huntly District Court last week after admitting animal cruelty charges.
In April 2015 Murphy was working on a Te Kauwhata dairy farm and returning a herd to its paddock using the vehicle.
Once the cows started moving, Murphy drove in behind them, hitting them with the bull bars of his vehicle, even though those at the rear were running as fast as they could, the Ministry for Primary Industries said.
“Hitting a cow with a vehicle is never reasonable nor necessary,” spokesman Gary Orr said.
He said the conviction and fine sent a clear message that that sort of animal cruelty would not be tolerated. NZN