Farmers need to be warned about the potential fatal consequences of an animal attack, according to medical researchers.
A study carried out at Mayo General Hospital examined all the cases of farmers who were treated for farm-related injuries, some of which were fatal, between 2005 and 2011.
There were seven deaths as a direct result of farm accidents during that time, the Irish Medical News reported.
Four of the seven deaths were livestock related, two were due to machinery accidents and one was caused by the fall of a heavy object.
Kevin Barry, a surgeon, said the severity of the fatal injuries was of such magnitude that these patients would not have survived even if they were managed in a major trauma or specialist centre.
The study also found that 130 patients were admitted to Mayo General with non-fatal farm related injuries – of these there were 104 men, 26 women and the average age was 46.
The mean length of hospital stay and intensive care stay was 5.2 and 5.3 days, respectively, while the total number of bed days used was 677.
"This analysis outlines the incidence and severity of fatal and non-fatal injuries sustained in the farming workplace and presenting to a general hospital serving a rural catchment population.
"Greater awareness of our results may help to reduce the long-term incidence and magnitude of such injuries," the study concluded. He called for greater awareness in relation to farm safety in general within the farming community and an increase in the promotion of farm safety initiatives.