Woman (70s) dies after being attacked by cattle

A woman in her 70s has died on a farm in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland, after she was attacked by cattle.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) has confirmed that it is investigating the fatality which happened in the Garvagh area of the county yesterday (October 20).

It is understood that the woman was taken to hospital for treatment after the accident however, she later died from her injuries.

It brings to two the number of farming-related deaths in Northern Ireland in the last week.

Last week, a farmer died on his farm in Coagh, Co. Tyrone after he was involved in a slurry-related accident.

Meanwhile, two weeks ago a 30-year-old farmer in Co. Fermanagh was overcome by slurry fumes while he was working on his farm.

Three cows and two calves, who were in sheds on the Fermanagh farm, died in the incident while several more had to be rescued by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

A spokesperson for the HSENI said that given the recent tragic deaths on Northern Ireland farms, it is strongly appealing to the farming community to always prioritise safety and think SAFE before starting any job on the farm.