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About one-quarter of all non-fatal farm accidents are livestock related. Bulls and cows with new born young pose a significant risk. Being crushed or gored by animals that are being herded, moved, separated, released or loaded onto trailers presents the highest risks.

Cattle Safety

Safety measures when handling livestock:

  • have well designed animal handling and loading facilities
  • use PPE where necessary
  • install well designed calving pens and gates
  • use calving jacks

Bull with Ring and Chain

Safety measures when handling bulls:

  • all bulls should be ringed when 10 months old
  • any field in which a bull is kept should be securely fenced and gates should be safely secured
  • a bull at pasture should have a chain attached to the ring
  • a sign warning of a bulls presence should be displayed at access points to the field
  • consider slaughtering an aggressive bull
  • use a vehicle when herding or moving the herd
  • a properly designed bull pen will allow feeding and bedding to take place without having to enter the pen

Further Information

Health and Safety Authority Agriculture Code of Practice

Teagasc Livestock Safety Page