Five people have lost their lives to bulls in the years 2007-2016.
As reported by the H.S.A., bulls account for 19% of the total deaths due to livestock.
Many lose their lives by being crushed or gored by animals that are being handled, moved, separated, released or loaded onto trailers.
One most not be mistaken. Bulls are not the only animals on the farm that pose a risk.
46% of the total livestock-related deaths was put down to cows and heifers and a further 5 people lost their lives to other-cattle.
- Always be aware that bulls are potentially dangerous.
- Treat them with caution, as they are of an unpredictable nature.
- Have your bull fitted with a ring and chain.
- Place a sign on your gate to raise the warning.
- When entering the field, always have a tractor or other suitable vehicle such as a jeep.
- Ensure fencing is stock-proof and maintained regularly.
- Use suitable equipment when you are handling the bulls.
- Stock handlers should ideally be agile, fit and properly trained.
- The H.S.A. advises that these handlers should be aged from 18-65 years.
- Prepare a safety statement or risk assessment. Keep up-to-date.
- Have proper handling facilities.
- The H.S.A advises that bulls should be ringed from ten-months of age.
- Cull aggressive bulls.
- The H.S.A. advises that serious consideration should be given to the use of AI rather than keeping a bull.
- Allow adequate time to complete a task.
- Always carry a mobile with you.
- Think safety at all time.