Farmer’s stag attack death ‘accidental’

A deer farmer was gored to death in an attack by a rutting stag on his farm, an inquest has found.

Veteran Ceredigion farmer Kenneth Price, 75, suffered serious multiple injuries and died after he was gored by the deer’s antlers.

Carmarthen Coroner’s Court heard Mr Price was attacked during the middle of the rutting season for deer at Mountain Hall Farm in Saron, near Llandysul on 30 October.

His wife Dorothy, 73, told the court she found him lying in the farmyard with serious injuries to his face and chest.

An air ambulance was called to the scene and medics carried out emergency surgery on Mr Price.

He was flown to Morriston Hospital in a “critical, but stable” condition. Doctors gave Mr Price further treatment for his injuries in intensive care, but they could not save him and he died five days later on 4 November.

David Pittendreigh, chairman of the National Sheep Association Cymru, said Mr Price was an experienced sheep farmer who had diversified into breeding red deer for venison.

Mr Price was a sheep judge who had a flock of Border Leicesters. Over the years, he had keenly attended many livestock shows and had been a regular at the Royal Welsh Show. It is understood he had moved into breeding deer more than five years ago.

Verdict: Accidental death.

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