- Startling Cattle when riding
Dunno about “causing them to get up too quickly, thus injuring themselves” but I’ve managed to startle two lots of cattle whist on the bike, in both situation I wasn’t expecting the cows to react the way they did (having grown up in the country & had a small herd at one time). There big stupid animals, with a herd “flight” instinct, & shit happens. Blaming cyclists seems a very easy/handy excuse.Posted 3 years agoJunkyardMember
we once nearly crashed into some Cows asleep on san marino – they did not so much have a flight or fight response as an utterly disinterested response and refused to move.
Injuring yourself getting up to quickly seems BS and claiming it is always cyclists is BS
IMHO it is BSPosted 3 years agodavid jeyMember
If you see them first, let them know you are coming, same with all animals, including people
This. With all livestock give them time to react to you being there before you six feet away (provided you know they are there obv).
Cows are much less excitable than most livestock, but their temperament is less predictable and, whilst most are chilled out/disinterested, varies from flighty to overfriendly to downright aggressive. At least with sheep you know what you are getting – panicky idiots, each time, every time.Posted 3 years agoz1ppyMember
With all livestock give them time to react to you being there
See now I’d agree, the one incident I had was going to the join of a bridal path and farm track with a high hedge in between, neither we nor the cows (going in for milking) saw each other until too late, but the other herd (of bullock) I came across, saw us from over 100m’s away across the field, theywere no where near our ‘path’. We slowed and headed (slowly) for the exit to the field, they raced towards it (no reason for this they had a whole 10 acre field behind them) & charged through/over the metal gate!Posted 3 years ago
Though in both cases I went and spoke to the farmer, explaining what had happened.MrNiceMember
while we’re talking cows… what do we (especially treefeller who presumably knows a lot more than the townies amongst us) think of farmers having cows, calves and bulls in a field with a bridleway running through it? Cows can get a bit feisty if they’ve got young (they can probably see me thinking “mmm,steak…”), should I worry about the bull? Are they likely to get protective of their littluns or just stand back and let their wimmin act first?Posted 3 years agoFOGSubscriber
On a ride last week just opening a gate when 30-40 inquisitive bullocks appeared , jostling to get a good look at us. Yitten we may have been but we felt it sensible to climb the fence into the next field rather than get trampled by bovines who seemed to have an opinion on 26″ vs 29″Posted 3 years ago
I’ve been chased by Cows with calves while walking, though this is unusual IME so I guess they were in a “mood”. I’ve never been chased by a Bull with Cows and Calves. I think Bulls are generally only bad-tempered when there are no Cows present.
Back on topic. After polite questioning, there didn’t seem to be any *actual* incidence of cyclists startling cows and causing them to be injured. No doubt the farmers in question have had some issues with livestock and the public, and don’t really cyclists (does anyone?). And so I reckon this was a conflation of those sentiments.
Look out for cows.Posted 3 years agoPJ266Member
When working on a dairy farm, the cows didn’t seem to injure themselves when I buzzed past them on a quad/motorbike, so Im not sure a mountain bike would cause any issues, no doubt just grumpy farmers looking for any excuse!
It’s quite hard to get a sleepy cow to move at 3:45am sometimes!Posted 3 years ago
Sorry but I don’t agree. The animals hear you approaching on a quad bike and are habituated to you and the machine being around them and behaving in a similar manner each time too.
Getting too close on a near silent bike is a different matter, especially if there are a number of riders who react in different ways too.
Otherwise yes, still sounds like grumpy framer BS to me and I’ve had to move a fair few grumpy sleepy cows too.Posted 3 years agoDanWMember
The cows around here in the Cotswolds do seem to be getting more curious about bikes and much less predictable. I try to not startle them and keep talking while passing slowly (often walking with the bike) but they are looking at me like a Spaniel that needs chasing 😕 I didn’t used to have any issues having grown up around it all but cows do seem a heck of a lot more curious when I’m on or with a bike that they used to be which I don’t entirely trust!Posted 3 years agodpfrMember
My ride from home takes me up a farm track down which, at the wrong time, sixty or seventy cows can be coming the other way after milking. Since it’s also at the top of a steep climb, I have learned that, if I keep riding and try to talk to them, I am bound to find a large dollop of cow muck in my mouth. So I stop and walk slowly.
I did try just yelling “Strava, Strava” at them, but they didn’t understand.Posted 3 years ago
Good deed for the day whilst out biking was to free a daft sheep that had stuck it`s head through a box wire fence at the bottom of Ironkeld/Arnside. 😆
I have seen a group of Ramblers do exactly as the OP has said, walk through the middle of a field scattering the cows/bullocks only to then be chastised by the farmer/farmers wife. Given the speed/panic with which said cows/bullocks scattered and headed towards a ditch/fence it was possible that these animals could have injured themselves. When and if cornered they will try to jump over stuff with possible negative outcomes. Been there, done that 🙄Posted 3 years agorichmarsSubscriber
I cycle to work past about 5-6 travelers horses. First thing in the morning some are still asleep, so I have to work out where the rope is, and if it’ll get me when the horse stands up, or how close I need to get to the rear legs. At the moment there are two baby horses that complicate things a bit.Posted 3 years agotomasoSubscriber
Ring ring on the bell is a winner. Its nice a gentle and let’s them know you are there. Also agree with talking to them.
I am very wary of mums with calves, especially if you accidently get between them. Climbing out of Kentmere we were caught out by a wee calf pretending to be a black pile of dirt and before we knew it were upon it and mum looked worried.
Every year quite a few walkers and other folk get stomped to death by spooked cows so it is in your interest to take care.Posted 3 years agoantigeeMember
here’s one though I would encourage people to buy one (or all) of the Far Side cartoon books!
In rural Victoria (Oz) have ridden old railway line trails that go thru areas that have thousands of cows as dairy and beef are very big rural industriesPosted 3 years ago
Since most rural Australians seem to passionately hate cyclists I can only assume farmers don’t have any issues here
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