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Advice when walking through fields with livestock

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

Advice when walking through fields with livestock

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ASHBOURNE and the Peak District are popular places for locals and tourists to enjoy the countryside. The area is criss-crossed with public footpaths, many of which will run though fields of livestock, including cattle.

Andrew Critchlow, Derbyshire NFU County adviser, has shared the following suggestions to help walkers stay safe.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the man’s death and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

When walking with dogs in fields with cattle, the best advice is to avoid getting between cows and their calves and to keep any dogs close and under effective control on a lead.

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"You should not hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle though - let it go, as the cattle will chase the dog and dogs can usually look after themselves.

"Farmers take very seriously their responsibility to the safety of walkers within fields but it is not possible to avoid putting cattle in all fields with footpaths as that would leave insufficient land for the cattle to graze.

"Also it is the cattle that enable the countryside to be maintained as the beautiful place it is to walk in.

"So please be mindful of your surroundings, look out for farm animals rearing their young and give them space; always give them a wide berth.

"Given the millions of people that visit Derbyshire and especially the Peak National Park incidents such as this are thankfully very rare."

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