Farm Ireland

Sunday 24 June 2018

'There is no such thing as a quiet cow'

Two key factors contribute towards many of the accidents involving animals around a farm - poor facilities and complacency, explained Billy Gleeson from Teagasc.

"The minute you get out of bed on a farm and go about doing your work the risk of an accident is there," explained the education officer.

"Most of the accidents that occur between animals and farmers - both fatal and non-fatal - happen to experienced farmers.

"They are doing a job that they have been doing for 10, 15 years or 20 years like tagging a calf or feeding weanlings and they don't realise the risk involved," explained Mr Gleeson.

He highlighted the statistics show bulls account for about half the fatal and non-fatal accidents. "You would think the bull would account for 90pc of the accidents but half the accidents on farms with animals occurred from literally any category of livestock from suck calve upwards," he said.

"There is no such thing as a quiet cow or any quiet animal and be aware of that."

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