Photo: Lasse Ahnell/SR Gotland

Matador to Educate Swedish Farmers

Between 2004 and 2008 five farmers were killed in Sweden in bovine related incidents, being attacked by a bull or even a cow. Now - a bona fide Spanish matador will teach Swedish farmers how to deal with bulls.

It is risky to deal with cattle and every year there are accidents leading to human injuries. The idea is to try a new tack in order to avoid these accidents.

“We wish to make use of the competence that only a true matador has,” says Anna Nilsson of the local County Council to Swedish news agency TT.

The one day seminar will take place in a gymnasium in a local school in Nässjö, south of Stockholm. So far, 15 farmers have signed up for the course which will be held by Spanish matador Joselito Ortega and retired Swedish bullfighter Emil von Schultz. The seminar will consist of theory class in the morning and practical training after lunch.

The County Council initiative has already been met with criticism but Anna Nilsson is adamant it is a serious venture.

“This is absolutely serious and I want to stress that it isn’t a course on bullfighting that we are providing. We simply want to increase knowledge on how to act around the animals,” she said to TT.

The course is funded in part by EU subsidies and partly by Swedish tax revenue.

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