As people head out to enjoy the countryside over Easter, NFU Scotland is asking everyone to beware of the potential dangers posed by cattle in fields where they are taking access.
This is particularly important when walkers are accompanied by dogs.
While a popular time to go out walking, Easter also marks one of the most important and busy periods for livestock farmers as lambing and calving are now underway.
NFU Scotland is asking people to be mindful of livestock, and of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which stipulates that access with dogs should not occur in fields where there are young lambs or calves.
NFUS president, Allan Bowie said: "Spring is a beautiful time in the countryside and we welcome responsible walkers and other recreational users who want to get out and enjoy Scotland’s outdoors.
"However, everyone should also be aware that it’s a very busy time for farmers and a critical time for new-born animals.
“The sight of young lambs or calves in spring is a joy shared by everyone visiting or living in the countryside, but to protect these animals, and ensure public safety, it is essential that people follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
"In particular, dogs should always be kept well away from sheep and cattle because even if no lambs or calves are visible, they could be present but well hidden by the herd or flock.
"Cattle in particular, can react aggressively, and their natural instinct to protect their young is strong at this time of year.”
While many dog owners are responsible, recent events show more needs to be done to prevent further dog attacks on livestock.
If you are out walking this Easter, please remember to keep your dog on a lead around livestock.
To request Take the Lead signs, sponsored by The Original Muck Boot Company, which warn dog owners to keep their pets on a lead around livestock, send a self-addressed A4 envelope with at least three first-class stamps to:
FG Take the Lead,
Fulwood Business Park,