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Vélez-Málaga cattle farmer killed by young bull during sale

Cortijo Los Hierros, next to the Río Seco, where the incident occurred.
Cortijo Los Hierros, next to the Río Seco, where the incident occurred. / E. C.
  • As the victim was helping to load the animals into the truck, one of the bulls bolted and attacked him

A livestock farmer from Caleta de Vélez died on Monday after sustaining numerous injuries to his thorax when one of his young bulls charged him.

The tragedy happened at around 4.30pm as Salvador Lanza, 59, was closing a deal to sell six bull calves to buyers who had travelled from Granada to his farm between Torre del Mar and Caleta de Vélez.

As Lanza and the buyers were loading the animals into the truck, one of the bulls bolted.

Despite Lanza's efforts to try to guide the animal back to the truck, it charged at him, driving him towards a nearby wall, where it caused a number of fatal injuries to his thorax.

Two of Lanza's workers were able to move the 400-kilo animal, but were unable to save the man.

Lanza came from a livestock farming family and had spent his life breeding cattle, first as a dairy farmer and then later for meat.

He was separated and his ex-wife and two children live in Germany, where his ex is from.