Owner accused of neglecting cattle will be monitored

Farm Forum

The owner of several head of cattle who were reportedly neglected has been “put on notice” that he and the cattle are being monitored, officials said on Sept. 17.

The Olmsted County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office received a report of dead and dying cows in a pasture on Sept. 3; an investigator sent to the scene in the 3000 block of 75th Street Southeast found malnourished animals, the report says.

Some of the 100-120 affected cows were eventually euthanized, said Sgt. Tom Claymon.

The farmer, who still faces misdemeanor criminal charges, met with investigators from the State Board of Health, law enforcement and local veterinarians, Claymon said.

“He was told if he didn’t follow the plan, the cows will be seized,” Claymon said, adding that the man was trying to work a full time job in addition to caring for several animals.

According to the report, some of the animals were “off the scale” in terms of their condition.