A Mid Canterbury herd manager who admitted breaking the tails
of at least 154 cows has been sentenced to eight months' home
detention and will have to apply to own animals in the
Kevin Craig Smith, 38, was sentenced by Judge Jane McMeeken
in the Ashburton District Court today on charges of willfully
mistreating the cows and failing to provide treatment in
relation to the broken tails.
The offending came to light in April after an artificial
insemination technician working in the rotary milking shed on
the farm heard sounds of distress from a cow.
On investigation she saw Smith looking angry and a cow with
blood coming down its tail. Smith took no steps to treat the
The charges were laid by the Ministry for Primary Industries
under the Animal Welfare Act, which also sought to have Smith
banned from owning animals in the future.
- Ashburton Guardian