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Walker killed by cows was walking dogs

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

Walker killed by cows was walking dogs

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A HOLIDAY-maker who was killed by “stampeding” cattle in a field near Ashbourne was walking two dogs, the News Telegraph can reveal.

Peter Jakeman, 62, died in hospital shortly after he was caught in a “stampede” of beef cattle on land near Upper Mayfield, off the Limestone Way on Wednesday morning.

The owner of nearby campsite Newhouse Farm where Mr Jakeman and his wife Hilary were staying in a trailer-tent, said the couple, from Cornwall, were on the last day of their holiday, having arrived on Friday and they were due to leave on Thursday.

They had just set off on a walk with their two small spaniels when the herd of beef cattle, which belong to Richard Toon at Lower Grounds Farm in Upper Mayfield, descended on them, in a bid to protect their calves. Mrs Jakeman managed to escape uninjured but Mr Jakeman, who was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, died of his injuries.

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In response to the tragedy a warning has been issued by the National Farmers Union to anyone walking dogs around cattle.

Andrew Critchlow, Derbyshire NFU county adviser, said: “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 advice is to avoid getting between cows and their calves and to keep any dogs close and under effective control on a lead around cows and sheep. 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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  • notwoc  |  May 19 2014, 2:40PM

    Given light to the fact that yet another man and his family is suffering due to stampeding cattle in the Derbyshire region this is not as rare an occurance as the NFU advisor suggests 2 'attacks' in a matter of days?!!!. Mr Jakeman and his wife were/are very experienced walkers and had crossed a field prior to entering the field of cattle. they are known to have completed many dedicated walks ALWAYS using the designated public footpaths including dartmoor and exmoor local to where they live. They were walking the dedicated limestone way, so were not walking in a 'random' field and were on the public footpath with their two dogs on leads. ( The supremely well trained dogs whom only crime was being a dog). Mr Jakeman was a highly trained individual having completed his service in the Navy, serving the country in the Falklands and being mentioned in dispatches for doing so. I sincerely hope the HSE make it mandatory to erect electric fences where cattle are grazing and members of the public are permitted to be, surely farmers have a responsibility to protect their livestock AND members of the public, whilst it is "not possible to avoid putting cattle in all fields with footpaths" it IS possible to protect both parties and maintain the countryside. Our thoughts are with Mr Jakemans wife at this very difficult and traumatic time.