Two heifers rescued from slurry pit at Vale farm

TWO heifers were rescued from a slurry pit at a Vale farm.

Firefighters were sent to the scene, in Silton, near Gillingham, after reports the cows were stuck at around 10am on Sunday morning (February 25).

“A crew from Gillingham and a technical rescue team from Poole attended, one heifer was brought to safety by the farmer using a telehandler, the other was brought to safety by firefighters using animal rescue equipment and an inflatable raft for access,” a Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said.

“Our stop was at 1.09pm and both cows were left in the care of the farmer.”

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