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National Seminar on Improving Safety with Cattle

Handling cattle is associated with up to 65% of farm injuries. A National Seminar on strategies to cut accidents when working with cattle will take place at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland and Innovation Centre, Grange, Co. Meath on Tuesday, 23 November.

Dr Bernadette Earley, Teagasc animal health and welfare research scientist will outline research on how farmers actions impacts on the risk of injury at the seminar. Funding for this research was secured through the EU Leonardo da Vinci Fund.

Dr Ross Evans a livestock geneticist with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) will describe current and potential breeding work which could lead to more docile cattle with consequent reduced injury potential. However, farmer record keeping and support will be crucial to achieving this goal.

New Guidelines on the Safe Handling of Cattle at Marts and Lairages will be outlined by Neil Percival who prepared the guidelines on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority. Jim Dockery, Training Manager, FRS Networks will outline strategies for improving safety with cattle at farm level.

Michael Doran, IFA Livestock Chairman will chair the seminar which is being organised by the Farm Safety Partnership advisory committee to the Health and Safety Authority in association with Teagasc and ICBF. The Seminar is particularly relevant to farmers, farm leaders, advisers, vets, the farming media and anyone with an interest in safety with livestock.

The seminar runs from 10.30am.-12.30pm, admission free of charge, contact Teagasc Grange at 046-9061100 for further information.