For those of you eagerly awaiting a Moo-I-5 update, I have a slight confession to make. Alarmed by the fact that the fence that separated our garden from their field had become somewhat less than cow-proof (in that two of the fence posts were no longer in any meaningful sense attached to the ground), I rang the farmer before our new neighbours discovered this and became our uninvited house guests. I was expecting him to bang in a couple of fence posts and all would be good, but instead he just closed a gate and confined them to the other field, shaking his head and muttering about the fact that ‘you can grow them all the grass you like’ and that appears to have been that.



This is good news for our trees and the bits of the veg plot within cow reach, but bad news for the blog and probably the cows too because our garden – as well as being home to tasty cow treats – is also a source of endless amusement to them in what I suspect are otherwise quite dull cow lives. Certainly, when I moseyed past this afternoon on a walk up to the woods, I quickly drew a fascinated crowd.

cows in their new field

They were also watching me over the wall as I harvested some of our purple sprouting broccoli this afternoon, no doubt hoping I’d leave some for them. Their stay out in these fields is usually quite short (and, to be brutally honest, I don’t think they go on to pastures new either). Obviously it’s ridiculous to feel guilty about the fact that I’ve banished them from half a field and some variety in their bovine lives.

more cows

And yet, somehow I do …

4 Responses to Remoooved

  1. stcleve says:

    Look like dairy heifers They’ve a few years filling milk bottles ahead of them before they become pet food.

  2. disgruntled says:

    Not sure that’s much to look forward to!

  3. Charles says:

    At least they get out some of the time. In the new mega dairies the cows are fed inside all year round. At some point someone has to point out that farmers ruthlessly exploiting both their land and their stock, being in turn exploited by big supermarket chains which then in turn treat the general public with almost complete contempt, is probably not sustainable or moral.

    The idea of the benevolent farmer is propaganda produced by the NFU. It is right up their with the poor struggling farmer ( the only exception being upland sheep farmers) if you think I am wrong try and walk down a lane in deepest Somerset without having to dive into the hedge to avoid brand new mega tractors and harvest equipment. All those range rovers don’t buy themselves you know.

    Going green down here means buying the latest John Deare air conditioned tractor (green being their colour) rather than doing anything for the environment.

    Sorry left the rant button on.

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