Friday, July 16, 2010

Farm Accident in Vermont

Another hard working Vermont farmer was killed in his field by a bull yesterday.

Associated Press - July 15, 2010 11:45 AM ET
BARNARD, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say a 55-year-old dairy farmer was killed by a bull while bringing in the cows for milking.
The body of Dwight Clark of Barnard was found late Wednesday by local rescuers after Clark's sister reported she couldn't find him on the farm.   A search party located him in a back 500 acre field just after midnight. Clark had succumbed tio his injuries by the time rescuers had located him.
Clark was recalled yesterday as a quiet, dependable farmer who rarely ventured off his Royalton Turnpike Road property.  "The farm was his life," his sister said.
Police say the bull was a full-grown Holstein that did not have horns.
The bull had been left in the pasture with the cows for breeding.


And today, these "Farm Accidents Can Happen to Anyone " videos were released

FARMERS--Please watch them both.
Please pass them on to other Farmers.
70% of all fatal accidents on the farm are casued by livestock.

Being a farmer is dangerous.
Putting food on the table for the nation can cost a farmer his life.

Please say a prayer for the Clark family.


  1. I was just thinking today about being with my parents on the ranch and they were trying to move a bull up to the barn so that they could take it to the sale. My Dad had just had open heart surgery and my Mom was in no business trying to move the bull. I was on a horse, the the horse would not get close enough to the bull. I still get sick at my stomach even thinking about it. It makes me so sad to think of that poor farmer and his family. I have never been hurt as many times in my life as I have been working around large animals.
    I will say a prayer for the family of Mr. Clark,
    What a sad tragedy.
    A man told me once, that it was the tame horses that killed people not the wild ones because with wild ones you were on your guard.

  2. Janis thank you for sharing. I will certainly say a prayer for this family. Such an unfortunate incident.

  3. Adding my prayers to the many I am sure.Working with cattle or any livestock can be so dangerous, and yet as you know so rewarding . That is a terrible tradgedy ! I was raised on a dairy farm ansd have been handling beef range cattle my entire adult life , never stop paying attention .I have had broken ribs from a "protective" momma cow and done some fancy footwork avoiding others ,it cna happen in an instant! Stay safe

  4. Never had to deal with a Holstein bull luckily, I've heard such awful stories, and statistics (only one in 6 people survive a bull attack). We have to deal with around 70 bulls each season (1 June to 1 Oct): Simmental, Red Angus, and Charolais. It's my most unfavorite part of our job, although I do kind of like the bulls (not the Charolais) as individual personalities. It's easy to get too confident (not for me) and I think that's where the problem lies. You just can't trust anything that big, never mind all that testosterone.