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'Tireless and selfless' cattle breeder killed after incident with cow on farm

Tributes have been pouring in for a popular cattle breeder who died after an incident with a cow.



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TRAGEDY: Thelma Gorman
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'Tireless and selfless' cattle breeder killed after incident with cow #farmsafety

Thelma Gorman, 67, was leading a cow when the incident happened in County Armagh, it is understood.

 

The Northern Ireland Air ambulance was called to the incident.

 

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the circumstances.

 

Tributes have been paid on The Northern Ireland Simmenthal Breeders’ Club Facebook page.

 

The post read: "Members of the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of their long-standing and highly esteemed committee member Thelma Gorman from Armagh.

 


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"Thelma established her Woodford Herd almost 40 years ago. She was dedicated to supporting local agricultural shows, and was a great ambassador for the Simmental breed, and a tremendous inspiration to other breeders, having helped and encouraged numerous members to establish their own herds.

 

"Mrs Gorman has been the only lady chairperson in the club’s history, having held the office on two occasions, 1997 and 2007.

 

"A committed Christian, Thelma worked tirelessly and selflessly for the local community, and was the worthy recipient of the 2016 Farming Life/Danske Bank Unsung Hero Award.

 

"The chairman and committee members extend their heartfelt condolences to her husband Peter, mother Molly, and the wider family circle."

 

DUP MLA William Irwin said he knew the woman and her family and was shocked to hear about the accident.

 

He told the BBC: "It is a very difficult time. I was speaking to the family earlier on and they are in a state of shock. Her husband is traumatised.

 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time".

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