Pregnant cow from farm 18 miles away found on golf course

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham March 2, 2016 11:47

A farmer has recounted the astonishing story of how a member of staff at Eden Golf Club in Cumbria found one of his pregnant cows on the course – after she had been swept 18 miles along a river.

The incredible event happened during a period of heavy rainfall and flooding at the end of last year.

The entire herd of 45 cattle from a farm near the village of Great Salkeld, Cumbria, was swept away during the flooding, with four drowning. However two survived despite being washed over a waterfall.

One of the herd, an in-calf heifer, was swept nearly 20 miles down the River Eden, and was found on a fairway at Eden Golf Club.


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The member of staff at the golf club who found her said she was unharmed and was placidly munching on grass at the edge of one of the greens.

He managed to apprehend the cow and contacted the British Cattle Movement Service with its ear tag number.

Farmer Gordon Tweedie said: “We had a call from the man at the golf course which is down beyond Carlisle, probably 20 miles from us, and he said: ‘I’ve got a heifer of yours here. She’s eating away there beautifully and we can’t believe she’s come so far and survived the experience’.

“We were just gobsmacked that such a miracle had happened. The state the river was in, it was beyond hope we felt that anything could survive that experience.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham March 2, 2016 11:47
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