A farmer has been hospitalised after being thrown over a fence by a bull while attempting to separate a cow.
Co Down farmer Roger Graham was separating a cow to replace an electronic leg tag when a bull turned on him in a passageway between pens.
He was thrown over the fence onto a concrete yard.
The dairy farmer suffered a head injury but remained conscious long enough to raise the alarm on his mobile phone.
An air ambulance was called to the scene but Mr Graham was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital by land ambulance.
A spokeswoman for the Southern Health Trust said Mr Graham was in a “stable” condition.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesperson said: “The HSE can confirm that they are aware of an incident on a farm in the Dromara area and will be investigating the circumstances,” a spokeswoman for the HSE said.
A family member told The Newsletter: “A cow had lost its tag off its leg, and it can’t milk without the tag, so he was separating the cow to bring it out to put a pedometer on it and the bull just took a notion against him and threw him over the fence onto the concrete.”
It is understood that Mr Graham is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.
DUP councillor Paul Rankin said he was ’continuing to pray for a full recovery’ on social media.
Source: Farmers Guardian