FSP urges farmers to stay safe around livestock

The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) is today launching the second phase of its farm safety campaign which will focus on handling livestock safely.

The farming industry will be joining the FSP on social media today to promote good practice when it comes to handling livestock, and share how they have made their workplace safer.

This spring, the FSP will be urging all farmers and farm workers to:

  • Select, use and maintain well-designed handling facilities.
  • Never enter an enclosure with a loose bull or when an unrestrained cow is with a calf.
  • Remove aggressive animals from the herd.
  • Separate livestock from the public wherever possible.

NFU Vice President and FSP Chairman Stuart Roberts said: “The FSP is working towards a target of halving farm fatalities by the end of 2023, but to reach this target we need farmers on the ground to start taking action and making real changes.

“A lot of it is common sense which can be easily overlooked when you’re busy or tired; taking extra precautions when a cow is with a calf, maintaining handling facilities so they are fully fit for purpose, not simply selling on an aggressive animal to another farmer.

“If we can take a second to identify where the risks are, we can actually take those risks away.”

NFU livestock board chairman Richard Findlay said: “All livestock farmers must remember that cattle, no matter what type you have and how well you know them, can still be unpredictable.


“We must show ourselves the same duty of care that we show our animals, and ensure that we have the right facilities and processes in place to minimise any dangers when handling them. Be vigilant, be aware, and stay safe.”

For more information and guidelines or to follow the discussion on social media, use the hashtag #FarmSafetyPartnership.


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John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.