Cheshire news Dogs around cows, and the advice that might save yours and your pets' lives PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - With calving season underway, it's important to know what you're doing when out walking in the countryside
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! With calving season underway, it's important to have our wits about us in the Cheshire countryside. Even before the coronavirus pandemic Cheshire attracted many walkers wanting to enjoy the fresh air, often with their four-legged friends. Across the county there are plenty of public footpaths, nature reserves and parks to choose from, including Delamere Forest, Dunham Massey Park, Macclesfield Forest and more. Advice has been issued to dog walkers when it comes to keeping their pets on leads around livestock - more can be found here. But what about the safety of you and your pet? Calving season is approaching soon and many farmers will be preparing their cattle for breeding. Some cows may have already given birth which may make an encounter on a walk slightly more dangerous. The National Farmers' Union (NFU) has suggested walkers keep themselves safe by following the Countryside Code. They say cattle could become aggressive if they felt threatened, particularly when they had calves with them and particularly if a dog gets between them and a calf. Their suggestions include avoiding “getting between cows and their calves”, move quickly and quietly, and keep gates closed behind you when walking through fields.
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. The dog will most likely be able to outrun both you and the cattle, and it is the dog the cows will be trying to see off. Here are the rules to follow below: Stay safe around cattle Stay vigilant, especially when entering a field - you may not be able to see the whole field. Cows are inquisitive animals - if cattle follow you try to stay calm and walk quickly and quietly round the herd. Don't get between cows and their calves - walk round the herd and re-join the path when safe. If you have a dog, keep it on a short lead around cows and sheep, but release if threatened by cattle so you can both get to safety separately. If you feel threatened by animals protecting their territory or young, don't panic or run. Move to the edge of the field and, if possible, find another way round. If the farmer has offered an alternative route because livestock are grazing, please use it to help the farmer keep you safe.
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