Crocodiles gobble up 1,000 people a year. This seems to deter the bullocks – they come up to the fence and look but do not try to get through. They look at peer-group statistics. Marian Clode died after being charged at by a … The British Limousin Cattle Society estimates that breed accounts for 32% of the beef herd and the Limousin gene is present in 75%. But that is not really the issue. Tweet. Interestingly the Limousin Society has an article setting out the efforts of stockmen to breed more docile cattle, which presupposes there is a recognised issue with the lack of docility in the breed. (JULIEN WARNAND/EPA) An agricultural committee is to keep the public and farm workers safe from cows after they were revealed to be the most dangerous large animals in Britain. In later papers what improved action that can be taken will be discussed. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. There`ll be little safety if the rewilders bring back wolves & bears. They say that on average four to five people are killed in accidents involving cattle each year, with 74 fatal attacks since 2000. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. I was also told that the trampling was just a casual threat on the part of the cattle, because if the herd had intended to carry out their threat, then I really would have been in trouble! Some time ago, a Huddersfield man was given jail-time because his dog killed a pedestrian who was walking along a pavement. The majority of stories one reads about are whole herd attacks and not a single rogue cow. I hope these farmers get jail-time, and then get sued, if necessary to the point of bankruptcy! I got chased a few weeks ago. It may be my imagination but bullocks seem much bigger than they used to be. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Even so, many farms are specialist arable or sheep farms, rather than for cattle. In the species-specific posts below, we explore the five animal types in depth. Where the journalist for New Scientist* got the figure is something I don't know. I experienced a very close and personal encounter with a herd in July 2014, from which I was lucky to survive, and I too spent time during my convalescence researching the issue to find out what I could have done to avoid the attack. Animals should always be reared, transported and slaughtered humanely. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. With little farmer and public contact, familiarisation with humans is limited. Why isn’t the common knowledge of the medical profession – that cows are dangerous – shared by those organisations which should be closely involved in understanding the risks? Cows may be the most dangerous animal in the UK, but it's still only something like 3-5 deaths a year. They say that on average four to five people are killed in accidents involving cattle each year, with 74 fatal attacks since 2000… These BBC figures give us a total of nearly 900 incidents. In comparison, attention is drawn to 3 people killed by lightning each year and the 400 pedestrian deaths. More people are killed by cows, sharks, donkeys, mosquitoes, and dogs every year. The total average annual figures are roughly 3 deaths, 40 serious injuries and 37 lesser injuries, but all of these 80 annual incidents had the potential to be fatal. The public logged 469 incidents where a path was “inconvenient” to use because of the presence of cows or bulls, and 114 incidents where the path was “unusable” because of cows or bulls. You don’t equate and expect the same performance from a Porsche and a Ford Fiesta just because they are both cars. Most of the deaths are farm workers, which is bad enough, but sometimes walkers are killed too. This definition appears to exclude cattle. The family of a woman who was killed after being trampled by a cow has said the public need to be more aware of the dangers. We ran into a group of trees and the cow gave up the chase. Marian Clode died after being charged at by a … But in reality, they don't kill very many people each year. More than a dozen have been killed over the past 20 years, but that's barely one per year. Each year, deer cause about 1.3 million car accidents, and about 200 of them are fatal, though your risk is much higher in some states, like West Virginia. I do not know the source of the figures but in the years between 2001 and 2011 the deaths from bulls is stated as 15, major injuries as 77 and injuries requiring treatment as 82. Answer for question: Your name: Answers. The member of the public escapes the field, or does not even enter, or with the benefit of a walking stick walks boldly through to scatter the submissive herd, closing the gate behind. Their inference is that the statistical likelihood of being subject to any cattle attack appears to be so negligible as to be discounted, and so preventative measures are a waste of effort. Health and Safety Executive figures show that such attacks are rare. Table 2: United Kingdom average dressed carcase weights (2) kilogramme September 2018 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 Steers 356.1 362.5 360.4 360.5 Heifers 318.7 327.3 325.2 316.6 Young Bulls 336.6 353.6 353.0 342.1 Cows and Adult Bulls 293.6 312.8 308.7 305.8 The yield of dairy cows has increased from an average of 3,750 litres per cow per year (10 litres per day) in the 1970s, to 7,968 litres (22 litres per day) in 2019. The next day the news sadly reported that someone had lost their life – trampled to death by cows. What are grouped as “continental” breed cattle, as opposed to traditional British breeds, are regarded as more unpredictable and less calm and docile in behaviour. From this the risk of injury was calculated at 200,000 to 1. Another NFU person, Ed Rees, thinks it sufficient to “just take a walking stick …be bold and walk straight through them” and another suggests using a walking pole like a sword and stabbing the cow’s nose like a matador. Cattle do not think that they will just gently “threaten” one interloper to teach a lesson, but go harder on another. Note: This article is primarily from the standpoint of a member of the public and not the farming industry, whose members are also at risk but who should be in greater control of the hazards. Dairy cow numbers in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2019 Number of dairy cows in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019, by country Cattle and calf livestock population in the United Kingdom (UK) 2005-2019 One quarter of these were hikers. … The 2020 U.S. What is the basis for that figure? The number of pigs, goats, and chickens slaughtered increased over time. I was walking on a footpath in Northumberland, with my husband, in June 2000. Free e-mail watchdog. World • There are over 264 million dairy cows worldwide, producing nearly 600 million tonnes of milk every year (source FAOstat – see table 1). There are approximately five deaths caused by sharks annually, while horses kill about 20 people a year and cows kill about 22. According to Defra, some 60% of such herds are on remote moorland areas where public encounters are rare. The predominantly arable areas of the south and east side of the country have lower cattle density than Wales, northern areas of England and south and east Scotland. This feels much safer. Cows do, however, kill 5 or 6 people every year in the UK. Is the official and broad-brush comparison of numbers a valid approach or is it a matter of “lies, damned lies and statistics”? We know cattle are dangerous and we’re aiming to raise awareness and make the countryside a safer place for walkers. Where I live some farmers have put up wire fences between the field and the walls/hedges where the footpaths run. "Of the 18 members of the public, all were present on public footpaths or commonly used rights of way, all but one were accompanied by a dog and with exception of one man who had wandered away from a family group, all were lone walkers or accompanied by one other person.". How many people killed by cows per year in the UK? According to a 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 6.6 million cows were commercially slaughtered in the U.S. in 2012, which results in an average of 18,032 cows killed each day. Unfortunately, these more highly strung cattle also have a greater body mass and capacity to cause injury than British breeds. According to data from the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board), of the total 9.8 million head of cattle, only some 1.57 million are breeding beef cows, of which I suspect most are Continental-breed suckler cows. These data series include annual statistics on the number of cattle, sheep and pigs in England and the UK as at 1 June and 1 December each year. I am not a statistician and fault may well be found with my logic and methods, but I suggest fault can also be found in the logic and methods of official organisations which collate the statistics and partially represent conclusions drawn from those figures. They are just not classified as “dangerous animals” which is different in emphasis. In Australia, cow fatalities average 33 per year. You can help by reporting any incidents on this web site. So cows attack more, but maybe that’s because there are more of them. Yes it is farmland but footpaths are rights of way and we must be able to walk them safely. There are 9.8 million head of cattle, and it is accepted that not all cattle are rampaging through the countryside causing havoc, and indeed most may normally be docile. … Each year, billions of intelligent animals are bred for slaughter on factory farms. Excluding the recent deaths, 18 people have been killed and 481 injured by cows in the past eight years. Animal Kill Clock estimates a real-time count of animal deaths attributable to production of the U.S. food supply. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Every year in the UK approximately 2.6 million cattle, 10 million pigs, 14.5 million sheep and lambs, 80 million fish and 950 million birds are slaughtered for human consumption. David’s story: several frightening encounters with cattle. A shocking number of sharks are killed each year (Picture: Getty Images/RooM RF) Sharks have a fearsome reputation and plenty of people are terrified of … By comparison, bears only kill an average of one person yearly. ( Log Out /  Those situations are less often discussed for the simple reason that it is difficult to get a grasp of the number in those categories. ( Log Out /  Of the claimed 2.93 billion annual visits to enjoy the countryside, how many of those people actually encounter any cattle? Their inquisitive nature is often mistaken for aggression… when maternal instincts are aroused, then they may behave in a threatening manner”. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Dogs, meanwhile, have killed 17 people in the last eight years, according to NHS figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph. Malaria alone affects 200 million, of which an estimated 600,000 die. Could that dog owner have avoided responsibility by sticking (dangerous dog) warning signs along the street?! Have had a few scares with aggressive cows over the years, escaping in one piece…But scared ! But in reality, they don't kill very many people each year. and remember to close the gate.” I clearly did not follow his advice. A woman has told an inquest of the moment a family holiday turned to horror when her mother was killed by a stampeding cow in the ... people per year are killed by livestock in the UK… Statistics: Dairy cows . Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The 61-year-old primary school teacher, who was born in Derry but lived in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, was on a public bridleway when the cow hit her three times in April 2016. Just as for car drivers, each group presents different characteristics and risks. Referring back to the NFU spokesman’s advice after the Blunkett attack: “just to carry on as normal…. As was given in expert evidence at the 2015 inquest into the death of Mr Porter “A farmer who puts a suckler herd in a field with a footpath is aware there is a high risk of attack to the public”. Page 1 of 8 Updated 01.07.2012. I have seen a Scoping Review about the risks of cattle to the public, based on media report searches over 20 years up to 2013. ‘UK Milk Yield’. Cows are terrible people (Picture: PA) Fact: You’re more likely to be killed by a cow than a shark. It is recognised that individual suckler cows that may otherwise be docile can change character because of maternal instincts with their calves, leading to protective and aggressive behaviour. However, none of this further research should delay action being taken to reduce what is clearly a known and significant problem. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It is not known how serious those injuries were, but for the HSE to have been involved and recorded the injury number it can be assumed the severity was at the higher end of the scale. There are published figures available which give a glimpse of the overall extent of the hazard of cattle, which indeed merits a public or parliamentary debate. In 2016, there were 278 licensed slaughterhouses in Britain. The official figures almost universally concentrate on fatalities. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Answer this question. slaughtered for meat for human consumption in the United Kingdom. Since then I have been wary and have noticed cows becoming increasingly curious, even aggressive. Their inquisitive nature is often mistaken for aggression… when maternal instincts are aroused, then they may behave in a threatening manner, just take a walking stick …be bold and walk straight through them”, just to carry on as normal…. The risk posed by each cattle herd should be individually assessed, based against overall figures and similar cattle herds. But even that analysis is incomplete. Cattle are classed as a non-dangerous species and by and large are generally docile. Even our docile Herefords have once(that I know of) stampeded a relative thru a hedge as they thought we`d come to feed/move them. But, the NFU is wrong in saying “Cattle are classed as a non-dangerous species.” Cattle are not classified as “non-dangerous”. It can indeed be fairly claimed that the risk to the public appears remote in the extreme. Lightning strikes can be thought of as an Act of God, beyond even the scope of the HSE to control. That makes cows … It is issued in almost identical form by other HSE spokesman after later attacks. But those figures are dwarfed by the number of animals we eat. The number of injuries from cows is in the thousands. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Cows are kept in an average herd size of 142 but this varies hugely – from small family farms to big intensive ones. So, by looking a bit further into the figures, and applying some simple risk analysis, the “official” headline risk of a public death of some 9,800,000 to 1 can be reduced to some 942,000 to 1. The numbers of those incidents is even more difficult to obtain. Alex Thornton ... cows (1.5 billion), sheep (1 billion) and pigs (1 billion) living at any one time is three times higher than the number of people, according to the Economist. The passive and neutral terms used and advice given (and from my personal experience entirely optimistic and unpractical suggestions) are interesting and deliberate. The Cove. And about three-quarters of those incidents are reportedly deliberate attacks. And for every person killed, many more are seriously injured. Indeed, cattle are housed over 4 to 5 winter months and so any potential cattle encountering annual country visits should be reduced to reflect seasonal variation where cattle encounters are precluded. The 18 deaths is the figure usually reported for public deaths over the 15 year period up to 2013 (so clearly not the same statistic as in the Scoping Review above). One of the companies doing that is Buitelaar, set up in 2006 and which collected more than 35,000 calves from dairy farms across the UK last year. 11 Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, 2019 (AHDBd). Tweet. After cattle attacks reported in the media, typically many comments are submitted by members of the public relating to similar personal incidents where they had a lucky escape. A woman was trampled to death by cows when she tried to rescue her dog which ran into the herd, an inquest was told. Given the figures cited by the HSE and NFU on the risk of cattle attacks, what is the problem? Crocodiles gobble up 1,000 people a year. That risk can be referred back to the 200,000 to 1 risk for pedestrian fatalities. With different cows each month feeling particularly maternal, and taking the aggressive lead, the whole herd is permanently on a war footing. In other words, the risk of a member of the public being killed by an individual herd is not 9,800,000 to 1, but more like 35,000 to 1. and remember to close the gate”. Gemma’s Story: a stand-off with an aggressive cow. We have been chased by them. How many people killed by cows per year in the UK? A so-called non-dangerous animal is just as capable of inflicting serious injury. Free e-mail watchdog. Another BBC News publication from 2014 (Perils of the English Countryside) is aimed at the public and gives various figures for different animal and other hazards. There have been at least 74 deaths involving cattle in the UK since 2000. But, after serious and fatal attacks on members of the public, reported statements from HSE and NFU are full of platitudes, and downplay attacks to the extent of denying that cattle pose any risk to the public. An approximate figure for England and Wales collectively, rather than the UK, is given as five per year. Wouldn’t you think that placing signs which cause people to be afraid to use a public right of way would be the equivalent to causing an obstruction?! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The HSE concede that there is likely to be an under-reporting of injuries due to lack of awareness of the need for farmers to report a cattle attack injury as a workplace injury under RIDDOR. So a simple headline total is misleading for a complex mix of reasons and figures. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? This is how many animals we eat each year. I have been horrified reading these stories. A figure of 54 attacks was found, of which about a quarter were fatal (13). Including steers and heifers, a total of 32.95 million cattle were commercially slaughtered, which averages to 90,027 killed each day. In the fourth such attack, a 75-year-old farmer named Harold Lee was killed by his own herd of cows in the hamlet of Burtle in the West Country. We were terrified. Dairy cows often become emaciated due to high milk yields. There may be one particularly aggressive, hormonal leader cow, with the rest just following to attack out of group cooperation and to protect the herd as a whole. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? They usually ignored walkers but I was well aware that they could be curious though had never known them to be aggressive. Given a natural healthy life, cows can live for twenty years or more. recent questions recent answers. So, why is there a disconnect? Ramblers have a Pathwatch reporting line for footpath problems and Ramblers have provided me with figures for 2015. The HSE and NFU cite the size of the cattle herd (9.8 million), and 300,000 farms, the predicted number of countryside visits by the public (2.93 billion) and the actual fatalities (between 1 and 2 members of the public each year, not forgetting 5 farm workers). The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. There are approximately five deaths caused by sharks annually, while horses kill about 20 people a year and cows kill about 22. Whatever the victim suffered, it can be assured that their future walking habits, and enjoyment of the countryside, will have been permanently altered and constrained. "As 70% of these deaths involved either a bull or newly calved cow, activities with these stock should be carefully planned," it said. Natural environments include urban parks, the seaside, woods and similar, none of which is typically classed as cattle grazing land. By spreading malaria, mosquitos kill hundreds of thousands more people than sharks do every year. I think horses & dogs are more dangerous. This stock statement seems to be on HSE autocue. Most were farm workers, but … I’ve walked in the same field through the same cows for years, but, this day they gave chase. According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 74 people have been killed by cows in the past 15 years. So make of these figures what you will. Contact us. In the United States, the CDC estimates that about twenty-two people are killed by cows each year, and of those cow attacks, seventy-five percent were known to be deliberate attacks. That situation is made worse in those suckler herds that are extensively farmed and left to themselves. The Animals Act, 1971, defines “dangerous animals” as “an animal not normally domesticated which if unrestrained could cause serious injury“. The herd intention is to eliminate a threat. When we adjust for population size by looking at per capita data, it’s interesting to note that the number of cows and sheep slaughtered per person decreases over the years (even though the actual number of slaughtered animals increased). Equivalent figures for cows are 17, 362 and 328 respectively. I`d like to know the stats on different breeds involved. More than a dozen have been killed over the past 20 years, but that's barely one per year. Acting normally when being charged by a herd was not an option, and the furthest thing from my mind while being airlifted away from the field was to worry if I had left a gate open. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Our charts based on United Nations data show the main countries and 55-year trends for total and per capita slaughter of cows. The average yield in the US is even higher, at over 30 litres per day. If you have found this website and opened this article, you may well have recently had an encounter with cattle and are trying to find out more. There is no shortage of official guidance – from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), and from the Ramblers. Nearly 4,000 animals were killed by motorists in the last two years - and a poll claims a fifth of Britons would eat roadkill. More than 300 million cows were killed for food in 2016. The 2020 U.S. Our charts based on United Nations data show the main countries and 55-year trends for total and per capita slaughter of cows. More than a dozen have been killed over the past 20 years, but that's barely one per year. It`s nice to have people enjoy our fields, on the footpaths/bridleways but not if we can`t graze them, plus dogs off leads..big sticks etc left in the grass, dog muck(disease), horses trampling the soft ground in winter, people interfering with fences, trespassing off the paths..a constant worry & nuisance. If we take the 942,000 cows that pose the greatest risk (the remote-breeding, individual suckler cows), we can divide them into attack groups of 27. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Table 2: United Kingdom average dressed carcase weights (2) kilogramme September 2018 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 Steers 356.1 362.5 360.4 360.5 Heifers 318.7 327.3 325.2 316.6 Young Bulls 336.6 353.6 353.0 342.1 Cows and Adult Bulls 293.6 312.8 308.7 305.8 As for the pedestrians killed by cars, I found a blog from Oil & Gas Safety which cites that 400 figure for pedestrian deaths (as well as 24,000 injuries caused by cars) of which 316 pedestrians were killed when crossing the road (assessed at 4 times a day). Sharon Woods of The Ramblers Association explains that “spring and early summer are when cows feel most vulnerable to interlopers, but they can be spooked into reacting at any time of the year”. According to AHDB, the average size of a suckler herd is 27. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. I urge everyone else out there to do the same. Cattle are not uniformly distributed across the UK. Although it seems spring and summer predominates for calving, in fact calving occurs all year round. Interested in getting involved? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports deaths, not attacks. When I was the victim of an unprovoked and coordinated herd attack by a group of cows, I was pleased to learn from the HSE that I was just mistaking the cows’ natural inquisitiveness as a deliberate attack. Image: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini 08 Feb 2019. according to NHS figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph. One purpose of this website is to set up a reporting system so more specific statics are available and so better judgements can be made about the risks. This post provides an overview of global animal slaughter. 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