A Madras rancher and feedlot owner has died at a Bend hospital after apparently being struck by a large bull, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies said.
Dispatchers got a call around 9 a.m. Monday of the serious-injury incident at the Green Cattle feedlot off Highway 97. Medics arrived to find Tom Green, 56, unconscious after witnesses said he was hit from behind by the bull.
Green was taken to Mountain View Hospital in Madras, then later flown by AirLink helicopter to the intensive care unit of St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he died of severe head and chest injuries Tuesday night.
The Madras Pioneer reported Green was a lifetime resident of Jefferson County, who grew up on the family's dairy on Agency Plains. His family roots in the region go back to 1897.
In 2004, Green and his wife Susie built the feedlot adjacent to the Central Oregon Livestock Auction Yard. That year, he was named the Jefferson County Livestockman of the Year, the newspaper reported.