How to walk safely through a cattle field

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How to walk safely through a cattle field

Even the most experienced countrysider can feel intimidated walking through a cattle field and with good reason, they can be dangerous. So here are the important tips you need to remember before walking through a field of cattle.

Walking through fields with cattle: 5 top tips for your safety 

Walking through fields with cattle: 6 top tips for your safety
  1. If there is an alternative route you’re better off taking it and avoiding the risk. No alternative? Calmly walk through without drawing too much attention to yourself, keeping your dog on a lead and under close control.
  2. Cows can be very protective of their calves, especially if they are new-born. So if you see them in the field you shouldn’t walk through.
  3. If you decide to walk through a cattle field ALWAYS make sure you have an exit route or a safe spot identified. If you want to be extra cautious, stick close to a hedgerow or fence so you can quickly exit the field in an extreme circumstance.
  4. Cattle are inquisitive and they’re probably bored. So be prepared for them to come over and investigate. However, don’t worry right away if they start walking over as they are more than likely just curious. But if they do, and if they start following you should stay calm and maintain your pace. Cattle will match your speed, and they will find it quite exciting if you start to run.
  5. If they’re getting too close for comfort, your best approach would be to turn quietly and stretch your arms out wide. If that doesn’t work you can consider clapping your hands and using a commanding and confident voice to ward them off (if you don’t know what to say, say “GO ON BY”). They should move away quite quickly, however, they will probably come back out of curiosity and excitement. It’s important that you remain calm and continue walking to the exit of the field.

Walking a dog through a cattle field

  • Cattle are usually more interested in your dog than you. So if you feel that you are in a genuinely dangerous situation, you could consider letting your dog off the lead. Dogs are quick enough to stay safe, and you’ll be able to reach safety with the cattle distracted. Be advised, these actions may risk prosecution for livestock worrying

Credit: Headys Farm

Thousands of people walk through fields of cattle every year and attacks are very rare. But it is always good to keep the above points in mind for your safety.

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