[12 October/ New Zealand Herald]

A Waihi farmer who was unable to treat 30 ill sheep on her farm has been banned from owning, exercising control over, or being in charge more than 100 sheep. Ms Coxhead was convicted of an animal welfare offence after Ministry for Primary Industries found dead sheep on her property heavily worm-infested sheep. Ms Coxhead was fined $2500 for the deaths, and an additional $500 for failing to comply with an animal welfare inspector order. This inspector order came after it was discovered that living sheep on the farm had daggy rear-ends and faecal samples showed they were heavily worm- infested. Ms Coxhead was told to have the sheep assessed by a vet within seven days. Faecal samples of the dead sheep found a worm egg count of 25,500, whereas a count 500 is considered significant. Ministry for Primary Industries Manager of Compliance for the Northern region, Brendon Mikkelsen hoped this conviction and sentencing reminded farmers of their responsibility to properly care for all animals in their ownership or control.