A 57-year-old livestock agent from Healesville has been fined $1500 in Echuca Magistrates’ Court for transporting animals that were not fit to travel.
The driver pleaded guilty to failing to inspect the health of cattle he loaded onto his truck before transporting them to a Victorian abattoir.
Two of the cows had to be destroyed by the on-plant veterinarian due to chronic painful conditions — advanced lumpy jaw lesion in one and a septic and swollen leg in the other.
In her submission to the court, prosecutor Courtney Cameron said the livestock agent failed to exercise the duty of care which comes hand-in-hand with his occupation.
‘‘A strong message needed to be sent to those involved in all aspects of farming business that the welfare of their animals must be the cornerstone of their business,’’ Ms Cameron said.
Veterinary officer Sarah Hall said agents and transporters had an important responsibility to ensure good welfare outcomes for animals being transported.