Putting a bull in a feild with a public footpath isnt very sportsperson like

(164 Posts)
DyslexicScientist Sun 10-Jan-16 16:30:08

I spend time planning a circular route so that my walks are interesting. 90% of the way through there is a feild with a bull, there is a sign up saying "caution bull in field", well thanks!

I'm going to try to do it but it is annoying. Its bad enough a field of cows who start to run towards you, that scares me shirtless.

If you don't hear from me again sad

Sparklingbrook Sun 10-Jan-16 16:33:56

Just walk another route and keep your shirt on.

Palomb Sun 10-Jan-16 16:34:30

It'll be there with the purpose of stopping people walking though the field. I would imagine the farmer has had enough of people letting their dogs shit in the grass he's planning to use for hay, or dropping their litter, or letting their kids/dogs/drones terrorise ewes that are about to lamb.

LetThereBeCupcakes Sun 10-Jan-16 16:35:09

I think it's illegal, actually. Unless the bull is under 10 months old or is with a herd of cows? I think.

Assuming you survive I think you can report to the council. Good luck!

LetThereBeCupcakes Sun 10-Jan-16 16:36:00

OP presumably you're on a public footpath?

OurBlanche Sun 10-Jan-16 16:36:14

Section 59 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 bans the keeping of bulls in fields crossed by a right of way, unless they are under the age of 10 months or not of a recognised dairy breed, provided they’re accompanied by cows or heifers (young female cows).

Of no use to you now, I do appreciate smile

gleam Sun 10-Jan-16 16:36:40

Well I don't know...you may well become a faster walker?

<looks on the bright side>

Sparklingbrook Sun 10-Jan-16 16:36:59

If you do walk across it you could be very 'sportsperson like' indeed. wink

Birdsgottafly Sun 10-Jan-16 16:37:04

Is the Bull on its own, or with the Cows?

zzzzz Sun 10-Jan-16 16:37:51

I don't think the bull is allowed to be in a field with a public footpath.confused

WeShouldOpenABar Sun 10-Jan-16 16:37:52

The bull has to be with a herd of cows or under 10 months but cows kill more people than bulls anyway

Birdsgottafly Sun 10-Jan-16 16:39:22

X post with Blanche, I was about to post the laws on this.

Theres only been 2 deaths per year, by cattle, so not a huge risk.

I don't want our Countryside changing tbh.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sun 10-Jan-16 16:40:05

Google it, depends on what breed the bull is, if it's dairy then no it's illegal if it's a beef bull needs to be with cows.

RudeElf Sun 10-Jan-16 16:42:56

The bull has to be with a herd of cows or under 10 months but cows kill more people than bulls anyway

Would that not be simply down to numbers? There are more cows than bulls? And also people are less likely to go in a field with a bull so less opportunity for bulls to kill them?

theycallmemellojello Sun 10-Jan-16 16:43:38

Yeah please report. It makes me cross when landowners try to obstruct rights of way.

Tirfarthoin Sun 10-Jan-16 16:45:39

This springs to mind. Not much help though

OurBlanche Sun 10-Jan-16 16:47:37

But it isn't obstructed, mellojello!

It's just being used for the reason fields exist! Farming.

gamerchick Sun 10-Jan-16 16:47:40

If you do walk across it you could be very 'sportsperson like' indeed

Properly laughing grin could make a good reality show on increasing fitness.

WitchWay Sun 10-Jan-16 16:49:01

Beef bulls can be in footpath fields with cows but dairy bulls can't.

Sparklingbrook Sun 10-Jan-16 16:49:14

I would name it 'Beat the Bull' gamer and have Davina presenting. Bull votes people off at the end of each show.

ilovesooty Sun 10-Jan-16 16:50:33

I expect the bull is a bit bored. Chasing the OP might give it some much needed stimulation.

Lurkedforever1 Sun 10-Jan-16 16:52:43

Agree with palomb. Only a minuscule minority of farmers object to people using footpaths because they are twats. The majority are just sick of people ignoring basic rules and walking where they shouldn't. If you want to blame anyone, blame the hordes of morons who've likely driven him to it.

ZestyDragon Sun 10-Jan-16 16:54:54

Actually this could be a sport in fact couldn't it? Could call it the bull run. Maybe the farmer and his pals have done this already and are secretly watching and taking bets?

WanderingNotLost Sun 10-Jan-16 16:58:33

I wouldn't worry too much OP. Bulls will generally ignore a person walking calmly across its field as long as you stay well out of its way. Different story with dogs and horses obviously

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 10-Jan-16 17:03:55

I used to work on a farm and we'd watched two walkers coming down the hill with their dog off a lead in our sheep field. Dog was scaring the sheep, not full on chasing but running up to them and back and repeating.

They came through the farm yard amd down the track on the other side which leads to a field. All public footpaths. Track was standard farm track width, with a steep bank one side and a stone wall the other. About half a mile long.

A minute after the walkers went down the track my boss decided he wanted to move the bullocks out the barn and into the field. He properly got them stampeding as they disappeared down the track in a cloud of dust.

He knew the walkers would have been fine, the bullocks were young and would have run round them but it must have been bloody scary!

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