THE sentencing of a former North-West dairy farmer found guilty of numerous animal cruelty charges has been adjourned until next month.
Today Launceston Magistrates Court heard sentencing submissions from the prosecution and defence in the case of Roderic Neil Mitchell, 32, formerly of Redpa.
Mitchell had contested almost 190 charges of animal cruelty relating to the mismanagement and neglect of dairy cows at his property.
Magistrate Reg Marron found Mitchell guilty of all but two of the charges in late July.
The offences occurred between March and October 2007, with a further occasion in June 2009.
Today prosecutor Harry Virs argued for an immediate jail term.
He told the court that Mitchell lacked remorse and insight into the nature and seriousness of his offending.
Defence barrister Greg Barns said that a suspended jail term was more appropriate.
He said that his client now had a successful fencing business in regional Victoria and was a contributing member of society.
Mr Marron will sentence Mitchell on September 18 at 2.15pm.