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Message posted by ZIZAG on 03/10/2017 at 6:03pm
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As I do a lot of walking/hiking .
I was on a Hike on the North Cheshire Way NCW , After walking along the River Weaver pathways the trail takes you Inland across fields and farms .
I was heading to Overton Hill at Frodsham as I came over this open field and just stepping over the stile I spotted some cows in the distance and thought " Hear I go again " One of the critters clocked me and watched me come Into the field".
Whilst I continued along the perimeter All the time looking for any escape route .
Some of the herd circled round me .
No way Back .... so I carried on over the brow of the hill then the whole herd of What looked like black bulls were in my way So I hollered and waved my walking stick and they stopped I carried on untill what looked like the biggest one of the lot was directly in front of me Again I shouted and waved and It moved . By now I was Silently praying for the EXIT Stile .
Well It appeared just In Time Except 3 of these critters were congregating at the stile In a large pool of morass slurry upto their hocks .
So by now I was In a high state of alert nervy . And " It was twitchy bum time " So I thought last chance as I was getting surrounded and my way out was blocked .
I had to SHOUT holler some Expletives for the last lot to move .
Well thank god they did I waded through the wallowing muck and mire and climbed over the stile into the next field .
And would you believe It the Whole herd came right upto the stile. looking like To say " We will get you next time "
This whole episode made me think of such a close encounter . On Reflection I was very lucky .

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Message posted by Mike3003 on 03/10/2017 at 6:23pm
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Very unlikely to be a herd of bulls ZIGZAG, either a herd of young heifers, young ladies, or bullocks (steers)

Neither of these is a real issue, they are normally just very curious, but always be on your guard if you come across a group of cows with calfs. In fact it is not a great idea to get amongst them at all.

Big buggers with huge dangly bits and a ring through their nose need a suspicious eye, especially if they are from a Dairy breed, Fresian, Jersey etc. I would not go near a dairy Bull for love nor money.

But you are right to never turn your back on them, and a stick is always a good idea........But a dog will always attract unwanted attention from our Bovine friends.

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I was never worried about cattle in fields and never had any particular problem with them until I started to hear stories quite recently about people being attacked by them and one or two died as a result, so I am now very wary and don't like walking through fields of cattle at all.

Farmers who give a damn won't put cattle in fields with footpaths if they feel they are likely to be skittish and certainly not when with calf. Bulls shouldn't be loose in fields if there is a public footpath...that's just asking for trouble. I know some farmers who erect temporary fencing or electric fencing along the edges of footpaths when they have cattle in there, but it does seem to be like playing Russian Roulette when crossing fields...and if it is a hilly field one never knows if the herd is just over the brow waiting to pounce

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Message posted by purplebean on 03/10/2017 at 10:09pm
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Last time we were accosted by a herd of cows one of the started chewing my jumper. We crossed the field surrounded but they didn't seem in any way aggressive

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Living in a farming community and knowing several farmworkers who have been seriously injured by cattle, I always give them a wide berth.

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I lived on a farm in Lanarkshire for a while back in the 80s and one of my jobs was to go and count/check the cows (well, bullocks/heifers) daily in a field that a neighbouring farmer rented from us. I ended up like the pied piper; they would all plod round after me, but I never felt threatened by them. Maybe they grew used to the routine. I wouldn't risk entering a field with cows and calves though, just in case they felt threatened and acted accordingly.

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Me and a mate were out shooting once. We were walking parallel to a five foot drystone wall, about 15 yards in. We noticed the herd of cows started tracking us, walking about 20 yards further out, but not actually approaching - just keeping pace. We kept an eye on them, but they weren't a concern.

Suddenly the herd split in all directions, and a bull (which we had never seen till that point) came charging through them, at us. Naturally, we legged it for the wall, and bearing in mind we were both carrying unwieldy shotguns, and it was a drystone wall - never easy to get over at the best of times, managed to clear the wall in one.

As we landed on the other side, the bulls head came over the wall at us bellowing and snorting. Another 3 yards out, and he would have had us. Luckily, we didnt break anything (us or the guns) or shoot each other in the process. Bloody lucky on all counts though!

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Had a similar experience, only with a dog too, mixed ages and sexes of cows, heifers etc. Never again will I walk through a herd in a field, or the other side of the field.

Charged by a bull, had to split form OH who had the dog, I was left trying to scare them off with a golf umbrella, never again, it didn't work and he was pawing the ground and tossing his head, just made it out of the field, worst experience ever and never to be repeated.

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We try not to walk in cow fields with the dog, but sometimes as said you can't see them to begin with.

A long time ago we used to go on holiday to Pembrokeshire as a family. Dad was a keen botanist and was on his hands and knees in a field examining a plant when some horses started running at him. "Dad, dad!" from me "Robert, Robert!" from mum. He was so engrossed that he didn't hear us to begin with (we were on the other side of the fence). I have never seen anyone run so quickly. He just made it.

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The official advice in such circumatances is to let the dog off the lead. The dog will indeed be more interesting than the people, but dogs can run faster than the cattle, and much faster than the human they're tied to.

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Common sense tells you not to take dogs into a field of cattle...they will be scared. Animals only react when they are protecting their young or offspring.

It is unfair to put any animal in a situation of anxiety and unfair to the farmer.

I grew up in a farming community and have friends who farm (Swaledale)

If you are in a situation, yes let the dog run to safety as long as it doesn't go among the cattle. The farmer has the right to shoot them.   

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Thanks everybody for your Input .
The question Is ............
How do you deter Cows ,Horses or other animals coming towards you or Intimidating .
Apart from me shouting and hollering maybe been lucky .

In hindsight before I got Into the field and seen some cows , and assume their part of a large herd .

As I have been on a walk/hike before now and going through a field and noticed In the next field I had to cross a herd of cows ,I decided to divert away and even walk miles out of my way for safety .

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I don't know if you use hiking poles or a walking stick but if you wave those around and try to make yourself look a lot bigger than you are the cows usually get the message and run off...

... then return with reinforcements

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Message posted by ZIZAG on 07/10/2017 at 7:53pm
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Thanks Bob.
I do have a walking stick and I waved It and made myself bigger . The flipping critters only moved back , enough room for me to squirm past thankfully

I recently stayed on a farm campsite on the Gritstone trail .And the farmer gave me the same tips also .
But most Important He said Don't run from them or never turn your back .
So until my next walk/ hike. I hope I don't have to Encounter Many more Cows,Horses . 😕😂

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