Peter Farrell is a dairy farmer from Clonmel, where he lives with his wife Lorraine and three children. Ten years ago, on June 30th, 2009, an accident occurred that changed their lives forever.
Peter was later than usual when he started his day of milking, “There was no element of rush on me whatsoever,” said the farmer.
The Farrells had clipped the cows' tails the previous week and Peter noticed that he had missed one while she was in the chute.
He decided that as he had a few minutes to wait while the cows were being milked, that he would clip her tail using electric clippers.
As he pulled her tail out over the rump-rail, he had the clippers in the other hand. He plugged it into an area in front of the pit.
Three-quarters of the way through the seemingly simple task, the cow kicked or jolted, and the clippers went into Peter’s eye while it was in power.“I went into the kitchen to Lorraine and she got some fright,” said Peter.
His wife acted quickly and in a very short time, they were on their way to Clonmel. He was then transferred by ambulance to Waterford. Peter recalls getting into the ambulance and asking people “am I really that bad?”
“All these simple jobs can go wrong, the cows still had to be milked and there was a good workload,” said Peter.
He said that the neighbours were there to help at any time they were asked and even sometimes when they were not asked.
“That’s the trouble with a farm accident, the farm still has to work the next day, whether you’re there or not,” Peter added.
His depth-perception is poor and had to get used to driving again. He cannot do some jobs that used to be so easy and lost an eye as a result of the accident.
“Careful is a boring word, but it’s so, so, important, It’s important for me as a farmer that I can come in after a days work safe” he concluded.
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