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"Beware of the Bull" signs on public rights of way
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:58:23 am »
In all the walks we have done this year we have come across two instances of signs warning that there are bulls in fields crossed by public rights of way. With one of the walks we found an alternative route to avoid the field, in the other, the one added at the weekend, we saw there wasn't a bull in the field and crossed it safely. However, I thought it worth looking up the legal position on this. On the Ramblers site there is a Q&A with Q23 asking ...

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"Can a farmer keep a bull in a field crossed by a public path"

... to which the answer is given:

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"A bull of up to ten months old, yes. Bulls over ten months of a recognised dairy breed (Ayrshire, British Friesian, British Holstein, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Jersey and Kerry) are banned from fields crossed by public paths under all circumstances. All other bulls over ten months are banned unless accompanied by cows or heifers. If any bulls act in a way which endangers the public, an offence may be committed under health and safety legislation."

The Health and Safety Executive offers advice to farmers and walkers, embedded below.

<a href="http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais17ew.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais17ew.pdf</a>

Whatever the rules and regulations it's probably safer to find an alternative route if there is a sign warning that there is a bull in the field. If you are doing one of the walks on this site I would recommend either heading back the way you came or finding a way to avoid the field. By the way, if you do find a sign on one of our walks, please add your comments to the discussion thread.
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Re: "Beware of the Bull" signs on public rights of way
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 01:18:11 pm »
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