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Staying safe around livestock on your farm

Staying safe around livestock on your farm

Did you know?... Over the last 10 years 18% of fatalities on farms have been associated with livestock - cows and heifers making up 50% of this. Francis Bligh, Health and Safety Specialist with Teagasc raises awareness and has key suggestions for staying safe around livestock on your farm here

It is important that we do better to reduce these accidents taking place on farms. 

Some tips around safe handling of cattle are listed below:

  • Penning - structure and design should be suitable for the types and numbers of animals being penned
  • Have good restraining gates in crushes and drafting facilities
  • Never enter a crush with livestock
  • Use proper restraining gates
  • Ensure gates are secure and you have a good means of escape
  • Have good loading facilities and holding pens
  • Cull animals known to be aggressive and cull dangerous animals

This can all be achieved under the TAMS II Grant Aid scheme. The current tranche of TAMS closes on the 23 July 2021 with the next tranche opening immediately after. This next tranche will close on the 5th November 2021. 

Watch as Francis Bligh has more advice on safe cattle handling in the short video below

To make a TAMS II application, You can contact any of our Teagasc offices using this link Teagasc Advisory Regions here    

All this week on Teagasc Daily we will be following the themes of Farm Safety Week on a Daily basis so be sure to check in with Teagasc Daily each day for more