Iowa man pleads not guilty in death of 3,000 feeder pigs

RANDALIA, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa farmer has pleaded not guilty to negligence charges after more than 3,000 feeder pigs died on his property.

Derek David Smith, 41, of Randalia, waived an arraignment and entered a written plea of ​​not guilty to one count of livestock neglect on Monday, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported.

Court records indicate that Smith was hired by Valley Farms to tend the pigs. Authorities found more than 3,000 pigs dead during Smith’s containment operation on June 2, according to court records.

The animals died from lack of food and another 200 pigs had to be euthanized for health reasons, records show.

Smith’s trial is tentatively set for August in Fayette County District Court in West Union.

The charge is a felony punishable by one year in prison and a $2,560 fine.

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