Chat with cattle and truck along on a tractor as farms across Kent open their gates for Open Farm Sunday. Chris Price reports.
The Garden of England might be on their doorstep but getting to grips with the farming community feels alien to many, something which Open Farm Sunday is changing. More than a dozen farms across the county are letting people in to see their everyday chores of shearing sheep, milking cows, keeping bees and riding tractors. Visitors can try their hand at countryside pastimes like Free Colchester phone chat line pigeon shooting and pony rides and can be taken on farm tours by farmers.
Families can also take part in the first ever National Farm Pollinator Survey. It aims to help farmers learn more about insects like bees, flies and butterflies, which are important for key crops such as soft fruits, oilseed rape and tomatoes.
Join in at the farm
As well as watching the work of the farm, families can get their hands dirty and try their hand at a few farming trades. Letting people have a go at sheep sheering is something Andrew is slightly nervous.
The body of Stephen Sandys, 64, was found by his partner, Christine, in the field with an Aberdeen Angus bull, cows and calves on Friday 10 August. See also: Top tips for safe cattle handling to avoid injury. When she arrived home she found him on the ground in the field with the cattle, including a nine-year-old bull, which had been born and raised on the Lonwly.
There are inherent dangers in dealing with large herd animals and ideally people should aim to avoid working alone with cattle, especially bulls, although this is not always possible. Sign in. Lauren Harris 13 August See also: Top tips for safe cattle handling to avoid injury When she arrived home she found him on the ground in the field with the cattle, including a nine-year-old bull, which had been born Crc massage Sutton Coldfield reviews raised on the farm.
Mr Sandys was pronounced dead at the scene and the bull was destroyed by police. Neighbour Brett Walker said Mr Sandys had taken over the farm following the death of his father.
To help reduce the number of farm deaths, NFU Cymru released these top tips: Always use proper handling facilities Use a race or crush suitable for the animals you are working with Ensure all workers are trained and competent Consider a rigorous culling policy for temperamental animals Never underestimate the protective instincts of a newly calved cow Try to avoid working alone with Lonely farmer Royal Tunbridge Wells Never assume cattle are going to do what you expect them to.
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