A former Tasmanian dairy farmer who has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for animal cruelty has walked free from court, pending an appeal against his guilty verdict.

In July, Roderic Neil Mitchell was found guilty of nearly 200 animal cruelty charges.

Animal welfare officers found more than 180 starving and neglected cows on the 32 year olds Redpa property in the north west in 2007.

In sentencing, Magistrate Reg Marron said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he had come across.

He said Mitchell's crimes were at the serious end of the scale.

Mitchell was ordered to serve nine months of his 15 month sentence but he has been released on bail, because he has lodged an appeal against his guilty verdict.

Mitchell was also fined $111,000 and banned from owning livestock for 10 years.

Outside court, animal activist Suzanne Cass expressed her disappointment.

"I think it is time Mr Mitchell faced up to what he has done and just serve his time," she said.

Mitchell will face court again next month.

 

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