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Farmhand dies after being head-butted by cow on B.C. ranch

Dairy cows are pictured at the Kooyman family dairy farm in Chilliwack, B.C., Tuesday, June, 10, 2014.

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A farmhand from the Northwest Territories has died in a strange accident on a ranch in B.C.'s north Okanagan.

The BC Coroners Service says 49-year-old Allen Powder died July 1 as he was transferring cattle from one corral to another at a ranch near Cherryville, north of Kelowna.

The Yellowknife resident was working with another man as they moved the animals.

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One of the cows became agitated and aggressive and Coroner Larry Marzinzik says it butted the victim with its head.

The second man reports Powder was able to climb a fence and get out of the corral but collapsed steps later and could not be revived.

An investigation by WorkSafeBC and the coroner is continuing.

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