She loved her animals: tribute to his nephew in the investigation of the death of the herdsman crushed by a cow

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Nephew Armagh breeding cattle killed the cow yesterday paid tribute to the “lady” after her investigation.

Thelma Gorman was 67 when she died on the farm in September last year.

She was trampled by the beast, it was leading to the handle to be noticed by the inspector.

Gareth Gibson, who also works as a cattle farmer, said the passing of his aunt was a “big loss” in the family.

Inquiry in Armagh yesterday concluded that she died from chest injuries after losing control of the cow.

Her husband Peter also was knocked to the ground and injured when he arrived to take the animal away.


The funeral of Thelma Gorman, Armagh free Presbyterian Church

The coroner paddy McGurgan said Mrs. Gorman was a highly respected and experienced breeder of cattle, who knows how to handle animals.

Despite this, he said that her method of leading in the big harness (being haltered) on the handle to get in the crush – metal gate used to keep cows still to check – was an “unsafe practice” that left her vulnerable.

He also asked why the animal inspector from the Department of the current economy at the time did not challenge the way Mrs. Gorman, adding that the official can be shown lost respect for her experience with cattle.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Gibson urged other farmers to stay alert around livestock and a review of mechanization of loading and unloading operations.

“My aunt was a very respected man in agriculture and loves her animals,” he said.

“She knows about the risks and what can happen, unfortunately, there may still be times when you lose control.


Thelma Gorman

“That’s why I think that the farmers should be very vigilant on farms every day and not to drop their guard.

“I think the findings do to help the family to find out what exactly happened. It also sends an important message to farmers working with animals and machinery.

“They are very busy people with a lot of decisions to make in the very short term, sometimes that can lead to difficult and even dangerous situations.”

He said that the family will remember her for her kind nature towards her husband, her nieces and nephews, their livestock and in the course of her nursing career. “We as a family will remember her as she cared, and she thought that other people constantly,” he said.

“For us it’s a big, big loss. She was so special in our lives and we will miss her but someday we will see her again.”

The day of the incident Mrs Gorman cows were examined by vet Colin Calvert of tuberculosis. He noted that the cow in question is showing aggressive tendencies and warned Mrs. Gorman to be careful.

At the exit, he warned of the inspector Ruth strain of the animal, which just arrived that some animals were “eccentric,” which she took as a warning to be alert. There were two cows led to a stampede to test for brucellosis with no problems.

On a third cow, Mrs. Gorman said the inspector to hide behind a wall like an animal, just calved and can respond poorly to a stranger.

After waiting without words, MS the Voltage began to worry that something was wrong and looked back at the wall to see Mrs. Gorman dragged on her side as she held onto the harness.

It is believed that Mrs. Gorman was about to put a cow in a crush, when he suddenly moved to try to get closer to his calf.

Strain MS raised the alarm and Mr Gorman was able to move a cow from his wife, being wounded in the process.

Although unable to talk for some time, Mrs. Gorman suffered a collapsed lung and died when she was treated on the spot.

The assistant state pathologist told the court that her injuries were so severe that even with the best medical care in the world it is unlikely that she would survive.

Mr McGurgan called experienced farmers do not become complacent and take advantage of the opportunity to review its practices.

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