Farmer dies after stag attack
A FARMER has died in hospital after he was attacked by a stag, near Llandysul.
Kenneth Price, from Mountain Hall Farm in Saron, was an experienced sheep farmer who had recently diversified into deer farming.
He was gored by a stag on his farm on Wednesday and suffered serious injuries as a result.
A doctor from the Welsh Air Ambulance conducted emergency surgery on Mr Price at the scene to stop the bleeding.
He was then airlifted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea where he was said to be in a serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit. Sadly, Mr Price’s condition deteriorated and he died from his injuries on Monday.
The attack has shocked the community of Saron, where Mr Price was a well-known figure.
One local said: “Many people will miss him as he was a prolific showman of his prize-winning sheep and was always at the Royal Welsh.”
Deer are usually very cautious around humans and will try to avoid them if possible.
However, autumn is the rutting season for stags, where they become extremely hormonal.
At this time of year stags become highly territorial and confrontational.
One of the UK’s leading deer experts has warned people to be particularly careful around stags at this time of year
Dave Goffin, from the British Deer Society, said: “Normally, they are quite timid animals and they would normally flee if they saw someone, however during the rutting season their testosterone levels shoot up and if there is an intrusion of what they see as their territory they become very defensive and competitive.”
It is not known if the deer involved in the attack was a red deer or a fallow deer.
Numbers of red deer in Wales have been on the increase and a cull was carried out last winter when more than 1,000 were killed.