Re: Would you............
In modern farming, in most cases, there are oodles of alternative acres that could be used to locate potentially dangerous animals leaving fields with footpaths for animals with a less-temperamental disposition.
So, here's a challenge to any farmer who might read this - why do you do it?
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Around here, practically every other field has a footpath running through it. I would think a farmer would be hard pushed to graze his animals in the small number that do not. Fields are not just for grazing either, there is a hay/silage crop to be harvested, in order to feed animals through the winter months. There are inded laws governing which bulls can be in a field with a footpath running through it, dairy bulls are not allowed, however beef bulls are, so the farmer in question (photo) is doing nothing wrong at all, his bull is a beef breed, so is fine to be out with his cows. Beef bulls are a lot better natured than dairy bulls, hence the rule.
There has been much publicity over the unfortunate accidents that have happened this year, but if you think about the number of people who enjoy the network of footpaths, the actual incident rate is minut.
We all need to eat our countryside is our larder, without the farmers we would have no home grown food. Farming is their job, and they are doing nothing that is not allowed by DEFRA by grazing that bull in that field.
And yes, I would walk through the field, but I would just be aware of the way that the animals were acting towards me.