Walking through Fields of Cows
by Keith Eyles, Stroud
I'm 60 and have been walking through fields of cows, sometimes with a bull, bullocks, and lone bulls for a long time. I grew up with cattle so I think I understand them.
The advice given generally seems right (see How to stay safe when walking and hiking through fields of cows).
However, cows, like all animals, don't like being surprised or threatened.
Don't shout at them, or wave your arms aggressively. Talk to them quietly - to let them know you are around. If they are in the way, just push them gently.
Cattle, particularly cows with calves, don't like dogs. I think the advice is right - best not to go through cows if you have a dog.
It it's a peaceable well trained dog, send it on its own to go round the outside of the cows - with plenty of space.
Bullocks or heifers can be a nuisance as they are inquisitive, and like to run at you. It can look like stampede, but they are not charging aggressively. Don't let them run at you when you are backed up against a fence - sometimes they can't stop in time, and the ones at the back will push on the ones at the front.
Stop in the field where you have some space, and then back off slowly as run up to you. The animals can then come on more slowly.
UK breeds are pretty peaceable - be wary of French Salers - very protective of their young.
PS. One or two horses in a field can be a lot more of a problem than cows. 25 horses in a field never seem to be bothered.
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