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Walking Near Livestock

Posted on 2022-08-02

The countryside is a working environment and it's important to be aware of the Countryside Code about being respectful of farms and farm animals.   Your actions could affect other people’s lives and their livelihoods.  Here is some advice on what to do when walking near livestock:

  • Give wild animals, livestock and horses plenty of space. Their behaviour can be unpredictable, especially when they are with their young.

  • Try to avoid getting between cows and their calves.  Where possible walk around herds.

  • Keep your dog close, on a short lead, and under effective control.  Don’t hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle - let it go as the cattle will chase the dog and not you.  For more information please refer to the LDWA dogs on walks policy. 

  • Remember to close gates behind you when walking through fields containing livestock.

  • Report any frightening incidents or attacks to the landowner, the rights of way team/highway authority, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), and also the police if it's of a serious nature.  Keep us informed of any problems you experience via the Incident Form.

  • Co-operate with people working in the countryside. For example, follow the farmer’s directions when animals are being moved or gathered. This helps keep everybody safe.

  • Do not feed livestock, horses or wild animals as it can cause them harm.

  • If you consider the route dangerous, look for an alternative reasonable route.

For more details please contact Stuart at

Stuart Bain
NEC Risk Officer

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