A man suffered multiple serious injuries when he was attacked by a steer while working in a stockyard near Taihape this morning.

Two men had been attempting to climb out of the yard in Pukeokahu, east of Taihape, when they were charged by the steer.

A local man in his 50s was bunted and flung several metres out of the yard.

He landed on his head, suffering multiple serious injuries.

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The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was called and an on-board St John intensive care paramedic stabilised the man at the scene.

He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.