Watch: farmer tells survivor story after cow attack at calving
The HSA has published a video detailing a near escape by farmer Brendan McLaughlin after he was attacked by a cow at calving.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has published a video ahead of the main calving season to remind farmers of the dangers at calving time.

In the video, farmer Brendan McLaughlin speaks about the horrific leg injuries he suffered after a cow attacked him.

Recounting the attack Brendan said: “I’m lucky to be alive, very lucky to be alive.

Attack

“I sensed there’s something wrong here. I ran for it as hard as I could go. She came charging after me and I could just see straight ahead of me. I dashed through a feeding gate.

“She caught my leg and she hit the ankle with the butt of her head and she wouldn’t let go, she kept screwing her head into the bars. I kicked her with my other foot on the nose.

“I pulled myself back to the wall and then I nearly passed out.”

As a result of the attack Brendan had two operations on his leg with two surgeries at two different times. He now has plates and screws in his leg and attends physio every week and said it was unbelievable what he had been through.

“You never trust an animal at calving, never do.”

Prevention

Looking back on the attack Brendan said he should never have taken the cow out of the pen and that she should have been in a crush gate. He said while other farmers might think “that will never happen to me”, there is always the possibility there is a day it will happen.

At calving, the HSA advises to always maintain a physical barrier with the cow and to plan an escape route in advance of any cattle handling.

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Survey: what do you expect from green fertilisers?
Cork academics researching the potential of recycling waste into fertilisers want to hear from farmers on their requirements for these products.

Cork Institute of Technology is running an online survey to collect farmers' views on recycling-derived fertiliser, which includes processed animal manure, urban waste including household food waste, catering waste or green cuttings from recreational areas as well as human waste in the form of sewage sludge.

Import-reliant

"Currently, crop production in the EU is heavily dependent on the import of P-containing [phosphoros] mineral fertilisers, while the production of mineral N [nitrogen] fertiliser requires large amounts of energy," the academics said.

"Paradoxically, however, there are several regions with a nutrient surplus in northwestern Europe," the academics said.

Technologies to recover nutrients from waste are available on the market

Their research is part of an EU-funded project looking into the potential of recycled fertilisers across Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany.

Technologies to recover nutrients from waste are available on the market, but researchers said that until now they have remained little-used by farmers.

Requirements

"It is essential that the end product fulfils farmers’ requirements," said Cork IT lecturer Niamh Power.

"The objective of the survey is to determine the desired properties recycling-derived fertilisers are required to have, to encourage their use over mineral fertilisers.

"This is a great opportunity for the farming community to have their voice heard about what they consider important."

Click here to take the survey, which comprises of 29 questions and takes around 15 minutes to complete.

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The farmer's daily wrap: inspections, milk price and silage 2019
Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for 16 February 2019.

Weather forecast

Met Éireann has said that there will be some mist or drizzle at times on Saturday morning, but most places will be dry during the day.

More general rain is forecast to develop along the west coast by evening.

It will be mild and breezy, with highs of 10°C to 12°C in southerly winds.

In the news

  • In pictures: silage 2019 kicks off in February in Kilkenny.
  • The board of Aurivo met on Friday and increased its January milk price.
  • Farmers are being driven out of business by over-zealous and unaccountable inspectors, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said.
  • Applications for the BEEP scheme, which has a funding provision of €20m, will be accepted up to and including next Friday 22 February.
  • Some 66 projects from across the country will be allocated funding of €62m under the €1bn rural regeneration and development fund.
  • Coming up this Saturday

  • Good week/bad week.
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