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bull warning kippax

Bailiff   Notice

We have been informed that Kippax will be hosting a second much larger bull in the fields this year. Committee members can confirm there are already bullocks in the fields.

St Michaels Angling Association advises that when organising a fishing trip to Kippax during the time Bulls are present , members should look to go in pairs If in any doubt then please do not enter alone.

Typically, like many things, prevention is better than reaction. So always be aware of cows in a field.

Couple of things to be wary of:

* Do the cow(s) have calves? This is typically how most people get into trouble, a mother cow will protect her calf.

* Is it a single cow approaching or is the herd stampeding? A single cow is likely more scared of you than you are of it. Just stand your ground, make a lot of noise, it will likely just run away. If the herd is stampeding or a bull is running at you then you’re in trouble, get to the edge of the field ASAP, try and get something between you and the cow(s).

* Stay visible, and make a noise. Cows are not predators, they’re not out to get you. But a startled cow will run and this may be towards other people or yourself, if it feels threatened. So make your presence known. Making a noise may attract some careful attention, the cows may think they’re getting fed. Don’t be too worried it’s normal and they just think you’re the farmer. Typically, cows with calves or bulls will stay out of your way rather than approach you like this.

Is there a bull in the field? If yes, is it alone or with other cows? A bull with cows is likely to be more territorial than a lone bull off season.

Is it breeding season? Bulls will be more aggressive when rutting, hence a bull with cows is more aggressive than on its own.

If in doubt (regardless of where the footpath may go) walk around the edge of the field, avoid the cows as best as you can. Farmers are typically happier for you to do this than stamp though their fields anyway. Try not to antagonise the cows (especially if they have

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