A 53-year-old Pongakawa woman is in a stable condition in hospital after being crushed by a cow.

She suffered spinal injuries when a cow jumped off the ramp and landed on her while she was loading the second storey of a stock truck on Wednesday.

She was flown to Tauranga Hospital in the TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter.

Pukehina Fire Service chief Errol Watts understood the experienced farmer had surgery on Wednesday night and was now in a halo brace.


"I think there's a couple of vertebrae they are worried about,'' he said. "I think she's going to have some more surgery next week when the bruising's gone down.''