A court case in which a farmer and his manager are facing charges of wilful cruelty of a cow and maiming the animal has been adjourned.
Police arrested farmer Ronald Frew and Geoffrey Donald after an officer travelling between Ohakune and Waiouru saw a live cow impaled on a tractor fork being transported across a farm paddock.
The Crown called five witnesses. The defence had only completed presenting evidence from one of its witnesses when the judge adjourned the case on Thursday, due to a lack of time to hear all the evidence.
The hearing is now set down to be completed in late December.