Farmer killed by bull and stampeding cattle

A farmer who was trampled to death by stampeding cattle, as he tried to tag a calf, died accidentally, an inquest at Chesterfield Coroners Court has ruled.

Dr Samantha Farrar, representing the Health and Safety Executive, told the court that they would have expected to see more safety systems in place when dealing with young calves, as cattle can become aggressive.

John Ward had not separated the calves from the cattle in the shed of his farm in Ridgeway, near Sheffield, and was tossed in the air by a bull. He was then trampled by the cattle, sustaining multiple injuries, while his 21-year-old step-daughter tried to fend the animals off him, using a stick.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.


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