Cattle farmer killed on Northern Ireland farm

A farmer has died after apparently being hurt by cattle in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Robert Brown, 71, was killed at his farm at Knockmanoul, neart Ballinamallard, on Saturday evening (29 November).

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

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“The body of a man in his 70s was found at a farm on Mullaghmeen Road, Enniskillen, on the morning of Sunday 30 November.

“Police are examining the circumstances, however at this time the death is not believed to be suspicious.”

The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) confirmed it was investigating the death.

A spokeswoman said: “HSENI is investigating the death of a farmer in County Fermanagh yesterday.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time.”

Ulster Unionist Party MP Tom Elliott, who knew Mr Brown, told local reporters that Mr Brown had “apparently been hurt by animals”.

Mr Elliott told the BBC it was a sad day for the community.

“Robbie Brown has lived there all his life,” he said. “He is very much part of the community. His sister lives close to him as well.

“He was just a character who was extremely well known and, I have to say from what I know, he wouldn’t have had an enemy in the country.”

Ulster Farmers Union president Ian Marshall said: “On behalf of the UFU I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family at this difficult time.

“This most recent farm death is another sad reminder that farms are busy workplaces and can sometimes be dangerous.

“The UFU, Department of Agriculture and the HSENI continue to work in partnership to raise awareness about the important issue of farm safety, and I would urge all farming families to ensure safety is a top priority on their farms.”

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