Take care near cows

22nd May 2020

At a time when many cows with calves are present in nearby fields it is important that all people are aware of the following advice so that you avoid a possibly dangerous and scary situation. Here is some advice from the Ramblers.

Do

  • Stop, look and listen on entering a field. Look out for any animals and watch how they are behaving, particularly bulls or cows with calves
  • Try to avoid getting between cows and their calves
  • Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you
  • Move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd
  • Keep your dog close, on a short lead, and under effective control
  • Remember to close gates behind you when walking through fields containing livestock
  • Report any frightening incidents or attacks to the landowner, the highway authority, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), and also the police if it’s of a serious nature
  • Keep us informed of any problems you experience

Don’t

  • Don’t hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle – let it go as the cattle will chase the dog and not you
  • Don’t put yourself at risk by walking close to cattle
  • Don’t panic or run – most cattle will stop before they reach you; if they follow just walk on quietly

If cattle are obstructing your path, find another way, by going around the cattle. If cattle are blocking a path through a field, you’re well within your rights to find a safe way, away from the path to avoid them. You should then re-join the footpath as soon as possible – and when you consider it safe to do so.

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/walking-near-livestock.aspx

Last modified: 22nd May 2020

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