A Canterbury farmer could face charges after 65 calves had to be put down because they were so malnourished some could not stand nor lift their heads off the ground.
About 15 cattle were also found dead at the Darfield property by the SPCA.
The cattle, among a herd of about 120, were on “bare” paddocks, SPCA Canterbury manager Geoff Sutton said.
However, there had been attempts to provide supplementary feed, he said.
The stock also had access to water.
The condition of the animals varied, but many were “severely malnourished”, Sutton said.
“There were animals that were down and couldn’t even lift their head to others that were up and mobile but very weak, with their growth severely compromised,” he said.
The SPCA was alerted to the state of the cattle by a member of the public.
Sutton said the 65 calves were put down on July 22, when the SPCA carried out an operation at the property.
“About 15 had died, prior to SPCA involvement, over a short period of time,” he said.
The remaining 40 cattle were taken into SPCA custody.
The SPCA was investigating the circumstances to determine whether any charges would be laid, Sutton said.
(Source – http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/beef/8996443/Starved-cattle-farmer-likely-to-face-charges)