A farmer was flown to hospital by air ambulance after he was knocked over and kicked in the head by a cow.
The man in his 50s suffered head, back, neck and chest injuries at around 11.30am on Sunday at a property in Cockfield near Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene and flew him to the James Cook University Hospital , Middlesbrough, in 14 minutes.
A spokesman sad the farmer “had been knocked over and kicked in the head by cattle”.
He was in a stable condition in hospital having suffered what air ambulance service said were severe or serious injuries.
Cows have been responsible for a number of deaths of walkers and farmers in recent years.
In 2015 an inquest heard how Shropshire farmer Keith Preece was loading cattle on to a trailer at his farm when three of the herd got ‘spooked’ by sunshine and ran towards him.
One of the cows kicked him in the neck and tore his main artery. The grandfather died in hospital two days later.
It is thought that around one person a year on average is killed by cattle in Britain, with many more injured.