Public warned not to approach pregnant cows

Police across the Borders are urging people to act responsibly around new born calves and their mothers during calving.

Monday, 11th April 2016, 1:59 pm
Updated Monday, 11th April 2016, 2:04 pm
Cows in cattle sheds at Ormiston Farm

The warning has been given across the region after police received reports of a group of youths causing distress to some animals in a field near Hawick.

Police Scotland also stressed that animals are very protective of their new offspring.

This can lead them to act aggressively towards anyone who approaches them.

Police are urging people not to be tempted to get a closer look at the new born animals as it can be dangerous and cause undue distress to the livestock at a very sensitive time.

PC Suzanne Kay, who is based in Jedburgh, said this week: “Scotland has some wonderful outdoor trails and under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 everyone has statutory access rights to most parts [of the countryside].

“Although the vast majority of people do so in a responsible manner there are occasions when this is not always the case.”

Constable Kay added: “Unfortunately, we have 
received a recent report
 relating to a group of around six youths who were seen within a field near Hawick causing distress to cows and their young calves.”