A court in Innsbruck issued its ruling on Thursday in a civil lawsuit brought by the woman’s husband and son, public broadcaster ORF reported. The farmer is to appeal, it added.
The incident took place on July 28, 2014, when the 45-year-old German holidaymaker was hiking with her dog in the Pinnistal valley of the Austrian Alps in Tyrol.
The cows suddenly surrounded her and trampled her. Despite attempts to resuscitate the woman, she died of her injuries at the scene.