A farmer was killed when trampled by a cow as he went to check on its calf at East Loanend Farm, near Horncliffe.
Father-of-two Kenny MacGregor, 53, was a well-known and highly-respected cattle breeder.
The tragedy happened last Wednesday afternoon when Mr MacGregor was attacked by a cow being protective of its young calf.
Police and paramedics were called just after 12.30pm, but Mr MacGregor was declared dead at the scene.
A statement from the family said: “His wife Marie, son James, daughter Melissa and the rest of his family are all devastated by this great loss. They ask for privacy in order that they may grieve and slowly come to terms with this tragedy.”
A report has been prepared for the coroner.
Mr MacGregor’s career as a beef farmer began in 1975. He became self-employed 10 years later and steadily built his number of suckler cows up to 65, housing them during the winter in buildings rented from a family friend.
An NFU spokesman said: “This is obviously a tragedy for all involved, and our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr MacGregor.
“Long hours and stretched resources mean that accidents like this do happen in farming even when the farmers are experienced in dealing with livestock and understand the risks.
“The NFU regularly works with members to highlight safety issues and chairs an industry wide group working to raise awareness of farm safety and help reduce high accident rates. The health and safety executive has guidance on its website in relation to cattle handling which can help reduce the risks of dealing with unpredictable animals.”