Farm Ireland

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Warning over calving heifers

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

HEIFERS at calving time are increasingly emerging as a danger to farmers on holdings in Northern Ireland.

Malcolm Downey, of the North's health and safety executive, said continental breeds were also coming to the fore in safety issues relating to livestock.

He told the national seminar on health and safety in agriculture in Athy on Wednesday that 21 of the 90 deaths in agriculture in Northern Ireland between 1997 and 2009 were caused by livestock. On average, seven to eight people lose their lives in farm accidents in Northern Ireland each year.

The deaths of 16 children on farms between 1995 and 2004 prompted a targeted campaign on child safety. Between 2004 and 2008, there were no child deaths on farms in the North.

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