Countryfile: County Down dairy farmers discuss their cows
When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.
During tonight’s episode of Countryfile, hosts Tom Heap and Margherita Taylor looked at the impact of canals on the British countryside. Wildlife cameraman Jack Perks also took viewers underwater as he spoke about frogs. During one segment, an Irish family of farmers detailed how they have sustained their business throughout the coronavirus pandemic. However, throughout the interview viewers were distracted by the fact that the Lilburn family kept their cows indoors.
Taking to Twitter one viewer questioned: “Shocked by tonight’s programme and the dairy cattle kept inside…is this the best for the cows even if it’s like a hotel? Just wondering as I’m not an expert.”
Another said: “It doesn’t seem natural to me.”
A third added: “I don’t think their interest is what’s best for the cows. Inside/outside, all that matters is profit. After all, the cows that cannot produce milk will still end up in a slaughterhouse.”
A fourth commented: “Cows should be outside and grass-fed as much as possible. It concerns me that #Countryfile keeps trying to brainwash viewers with modern technology, including GM and cows kept indoors all year is the only way forward.”
“Cows are living beings, not automatic machines. This is the bovine equivalent of battery hen farming. Abhorrent in this day and age. A step backwards,” a fifth raged.
Another tweeted: “I’m not a soppy animal lover but I hate seeing cows being kept like this. I hope they are turned out in the summer.”
A sixth said: “Returning muck to the land in a natural cycle, it’s not normal for cows to live like this no matter how many back scratchers they have.”
The Lilburn family have run Brookevale Farm in Northern Ireland for more than 100 years and the latest generation to take over the farm was husband and wife team, Richard and Pamela.
More to follow…
Source: Read Full Article