Countryfile fans all have the same complaint about ‘cruel’ dairy farm – and are stunned to recognise the man in charge
COUNTRYFILE fans all had the same complaint about a ‘merciless’ dairy farm – and have been stunned to recognise the man in charge.
Sunday’s version of the BBC present noticed Charlotte Smith go to a dairy farm in Northern Ireland.
Farmer Richard Lilburn has an uncommon – and some would say controversial – manner of farming, as he retains his cows indoors.
The present has visited Richard earlier than, with Charlotte explaining to viewers: “On our final go to Richard instructed us about his zero-grazing system.
“It wants 20 tonnes of recent grass a day to feed the 200 milking cows indoors.
“In the winter the grass simply doesn’t develop and so Richard will nonetheless want one thing to feed the cows.
“Now if he isn’t going to buy a lot of expensive imported soya then he needs silage – a method of preserving grass through fermentation.”
However, Countryfile viewers have been totally conscious of Richard’s farming strategies, and many weren’t completely happy that the present was revisiting them.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “Yes, we keep in mind the farm you’re visiting. They don’t let the cows see daylight and suppose it’s acceptable.
“Here’s an idea, take the cows to the grass and not the grass to the cows. Let them run around and enjoy the sun/rain on their backs. #countryfile.”
A fellow viewer replied: “Exactly what I thought the first time I saw this. It’s wrong.”
Another added: “#countryfile Handily glossing over the reality his cows by no means go exterior.”
Meanwhile a fourth shared: “Ah remember him, cow version of The Shawshank Redemption #Countryfile.”
Countryfile airs on Sundays on BBC One.
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