Dorset farmer Cameron Farquharson and family were devastated when their much-loved pregnant hairy highland cow Gladys was found dead.
Five year old Gladis is believed to have been ‘chased to death’ by dogs as she and her unborn calf died after falling over a 30 foot embankment on Eggardon Hill.
The uniquely beautiful bovine had been grazing on National Trust land near Bridport when she was attacked,’ said Mr Farquharson, National Trust tenant of Redlands Coppice Farm, near Bridport.
‘Had the dog owners reported the attack we may have been able to save her and the calf.
‘We beg people to keep your dogs on a lead.’
Gladis was more than just livestock to the family She belonged to his daughter Charlotte, 17.
“Gladis was hers from a calf. They have grown up together. I have four children and they are all devastated. We are all devastated,” he said.
Hairy highland cows are particularly attractive with an unusual double coat of rich auburn hair. On the outside is the oily outer hair – the longest of any cattle breed – which covers a downy undercoat. This makes them well-suited to the strong, cold winds and high rainfall of the Scottish highlands.
Dorset Police are investigating the attack, and their message to dog owners is clear;
‘Keep a close eye on your dogs. Livestock worrying is unacceptable – farmers’ animals are their livelihood and Gladis was more than just a cow.
‘We should have a blanket rule for dogs being on leads when it comes to livestock in fields. It is simple,’ Mr Farquharson said ‘we get it all the time: ‘My dog doesn’t chase sheep or cows.’
But they do. Whether it is sheep, cows, horses, alpacas, whatever — to let your dog run free is irresponsible.’
In the video below the family share an insight into their affectionate ‘hairy coos’, and thank the public for the overwhelming flood of kindness.