Heads we win, Tails Herald Loses

You would think a story about a farmer breaking cow tails would have an image of a cow tail wouldn’t you?

Not so at the Herald. Instead they have a drooling gob of a cow.

Far be it from me to argue with “decent journalists, trained and skilled“:



As for the substance of the story…pretty appalling behaviour from the cockie:

A dairy farmer convicted of breaking cows tails, in the worst case of its kind animal welfare authorities had ever seen, has been banned from owning cows for five years.

West Coast farmer Michael Jackson, 43, admitted breaking or injuring 230 cows tails trying to usher them into his milking shed.

He claimed the practice of tail twisting was widespread in the dairy industry.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is calling on farm owners and the industry to report the animal cruelty.

Jackson pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to alleviate pain or distress in 230 injured dairy cattle under Section 11 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

At Christchurch District Court yesterday he was sentenced to 300 hours of community service, ordered to pay reparation of $223 for veterinary costs and was banned from owning cows for five years.

The damage to the tails occurred from about the end of October until late December 2010, with the farm owner being alerted to the situation at that time by another farm worker.


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  • cows4me

    What an idiot, should have nothing to do with animals for the rest of his life. I can understand that working with stock can get frustrating sometimes but the more you get worked up the worst the situation becomes. Once stock becomes worked up it’s an up hill battle, softly softly is usually the best way.

  • Sooty

    Do the Herald know which end the tail is on.

  • Rolo

    Somebody is losing face in this ongoing ‘feud’ Cameron.

    Hint: It’s not the NZ Herald.

  • David Broome

    I can tell you the Feds are coming out tomorrow with DairyNZ in an uncompromising fashion. Maybe St Gareth should devote more time to this than our farm cats.