Farmer, 71, who appeared on BBC documentary This Farming Life is killed by one of his own cows

  • Farmer Derek Roan, 71, was killed by his cows at his farm in southern Scotland
  • Mr Roan had appeared on BBC documentary This Farming Life about his dairy
  • He died after the incident on June 18 last year at family farm near Dabeattie
  • Probe has been launched by sheriff – as family say Mr Roan will be ‘sadly missed’

A farmer who appeared on BBC documentary This Farming life is to have his death probed by a sheriff after he was killed by one of his own cows.

Derek Roan, 71, died in hospital after a horror incident involving livestock at his family farm in southern Scotland in June last year.

It’s understood Mr Roan, who had featured in the documentary series about farming, died after being injured by one of his own cows at the farm in near Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway on June 18.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is now to be held to examine the circumstances around Mr Roan’s death.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at Barnbarroch Farm on June 19 and took the injured grandfather-of-six to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, but nothing could be done to save him.

Farmer Derek Roan (pictured), 71, who appeared on BBC documentary This Farming Life died in hospital after he was killed by one of his own cows

His loved ones confirmed his death and spoke of their shock in a statement issued via the family firm Roan’s Dairy, saying he was a ‘beloved husband’ to wife Kathleen and ‘devoted father’ to their three children.

They said: ‘We are totally devastated and still in shock at what has happened and it will take some time for us to come to terms of not having him around.

‘All Derek’s hard work was for his two passions in life – his family and his farms.

‘Derek was well known within the farming community and many other circles. He will be sadly missed by all.’

Mr Roan was well known in his local community and was chairman of Colvend and Southwick Community Council.

Vice-chairman Simon Pain said at the time his friend had died from a ‘stock-related injury’ and said the farmer was ‘well liked and well respected in our community’, describing him as a ‘leading light’.

Mr Roan, who had featured in the documentary series about farming, died after being injured by one of his own cows at the farm in near Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway on June 18. Pictured: Cows at Roan’s Dairy farm in Scotland

NFU (National Farmers’ Union) Scotland president Martin Kennedy said the union had lost a ‘real stalwart’.

Regional chairman Colin Ferguson said his loss had ‘sent shock waves through the region and beyond’.

The Roan family has been milking pedigree Holstein cows at Barnbarroch for six generations.

They run two dairy farms in the Stewartry at Barnbarroch and Boreland of Colvend and also operate a milk delivery service across Dumfries and Galloway.

The family became well-known to the public in recent years after their appearance on the BBC show This Farming Life.

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation following the tragedy.

Police Scotland said they had been informed of the death, which was not being treated as suspicious, and a report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

This week, Les Brown, Procurator Fiscal for the Dumfries and Galloway district, issued notice of an FAI, with a first hearing to be held at Dumfries Sheriff Court in March.

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