23 Oct 2008

Farming pair banned for five years

1:15 pm on 23 October 2008

A Dannevirke father and son have been banned from farming sheep and cattle for five years, after being convicted for starving sheep.

Charges were laid by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Ian and David Livingstone were also sentenced to 550 hours community service and ordered to pay almost $8000 in costs.

Last year the same family was convicted for the ill treatment of dogs in their care.

The latest convictions result from animal welfare charges brought by the Minisry of Agriculture after it investigated a complaint in 2006 about dead and dying sheep on the Livingstones' property.

The investigator found about a quarter of the sheep were already dead and another 25% had to be put down because they were too weak from lack of feed to shift.

MAF says the owners did not try to get professional help or destock, even though they knew ewes were dying from starvation.