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An elderly farmer who was trampled when his cows were apparently scared by a fire engine, has died, police said today.

Dom Joly: Why cows fear me down Mexico way

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Man killed after car hit cow

A man was killed today after his car hit a cow.

Dom Joly: This cow row is causing a rift in my marriage

Stacey picks up the kids and sprints for the gate, while I dissolve into fits of giggles

Birthday boy Blunkett bested by bovine bully

MP breaks rib after confrontation in Derbyshire field

Emma Bamford: I never thought a cow could take me by surprise

Perhaps the cows in Derbyshire are particularly keen on unsuspecting ramblers: the bend in my father's telescopic walking pole, gained from whacking an animal across the head in a last-gasp attempt to see it off, is testimony to how dangerous they can be. And I have stared death by cow in its hairy, bovine face and lived to tell the tale.

Blunkett back at work after cow attack

Former home secretary David Blunkett was returning to work today after breaking a rib when he was charged by a cow.

Alex James: Don't risk causing bulls any trouble

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Jon Ronson and the Quest for the Aryan Cow, Radio 4

The search for Hitler's cow is a pantomime

Flatulence tax could bankrupt farmers

Belching cows and pigs could start costing farmers money if a proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law.

Eat British veal with a clear conscience, says RSPCA

Animal welfare groups back sale of home-grown meat

Dom Joly: Angry folk of Weston are as nothing next to killer cows

I suffer from very severe aesthetic depression

Bovine growth hormone 'could cut CO2 emissions'

The use of bovine growth hormone to boost milk production – a bête noire of the organic food movement – could cut emissions of greenhouses gases substantially, according to a study that makes a strong environmental case for the controversial cattle injections.

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