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Another farmer found neglecting livestock

A Norwegian farmer who’s had several warnings from state agricultural inspectors faces being banned from ever holding animals again. He’s repeatedly been found to have sick and injured cattle on his property.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday that the farmer, who was not publicly identified, has been concerned about conditions for animals on the farm for nearly 20 years. “There have been various injuries, animals found wallowing in mud and their own manure,” Jarle Bersjø of the state food safety authority Mattilsynet told NRK. Some of the photos taken recently, also showing poor access to food, were “some of the worst I’ve seen.”

The farmer now has until July 15 to defend himself from charges he lacks understanding and competence for what’s involved in caring for animals. The farmer contends Mattilsynet is mistaken but declined further comment. Now Mattilsynet faces criticism itself, for giving the farmer too many chances in the past.

“We see that there’s a long history here,” Bergsjø conceded to NRK. “There’s been a lot of back and forth after our orders and inspections, which have led to some improvements, but now it’s deteriorated to a point that’s really bad. So what’s most important now is to bring this to an end and prevent more animals from suffering.” staff



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