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Livestock warning over Easter walks

Posted 21 April 2011
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Livestock warning over Easter walks
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The public should take the right precautions around livestock when they go walking over the Easter Break, it has been advised.

Such advice has come from the Ramblers and the National Farmers' Union (NFU) as the first of two successive four day weekends approaches.

NFU livestock board chairman Alistair Mackintosh commented: "There are some simple things that people should do to minimise the risk of an accident happening such as not walking between a cow and its calf and keeping dogs under control on a lead."

He also said dog owners should not allow their pets off a lead near sheep and lambs, as sometimes they can chase and even kill livestock.

The Ramblers said people being followed by cattle should never run and if a dog is bothering the creatures they should not put it on a lead, as it should be able to run away from a pursuing cow or bull.

Earlier this week the Ramblers announced it is organising a series of spring walks around the country over the Easter weekend.