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Intelligence Guide: How to stay safe while working with livestock on the farm

Incidents involving cattle are one of the biggest causes of on-farm fatalities and injuries and warning bells have often rung high as reminders cattle can be unpredictable, no matter how well you may know them.

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Intelligence Guide: How to stay safe while working with livestock on the farm

It is important to remember to always stay safe by ensuring handlers are well-trained, risk aware and can operate equipment in a calm and competent manner.

 

 

BULLS

 

It is often easy to overlook the fact bulls can be temperamental animals, but many incidents happen because bulls are not treated with respect.

 

Remember, a bull can kill you when he is being playful just as easily as when he is angry.

 

If a bull is kept in a field where there is a public right of way, the public must be warned.


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Sarah Slade, CLA access adviser, said beef bulls of more than 10 months old can only be kept in fields crossed by public rights of way if they are kept with cows and heifers.

 

If so, you should put up a sign which is clear and concise, for instance ‘bull in field’.

 

She said: “A suitable sign showing there is a bull in the field is a yellow triangle with a black band around the outside and a bull’s head in black in the middle.

 

“The sign should only be temporary and should be removed when there is no longer a bull in the field.”

 

HSE inspector Georgina Speake added: “Farmers must be aware of the risks to people who are entitled to use a public footpath.

 

"Farmers and landowners should consider how this risk can be reduced, such as using fencing, signs, temporary bypasses or moving cows with calves away.”

 

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