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Presenter Charlotte Smith visited Richard Lilburn’s Brookvale Farm in Northern Ireland on Sunday’s instalment of the BBC show. Countryfile had visited Richard’s farm in the past to showcase his style of dairy farming which involves keeping his cattle indoors but loyal viewers weren’t pleased the show had returned to the farm.
Charlotte introduced: “On our last visit Richard told us about his zero-grazing system.
“It needs 20 tonnes of fresh grass a day to feed the 200 milking cows indoors.
“In the winter the grass just doesn’t grow and so Richard will still need something 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.”
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Countryfile viewers weren’t impressed with Richard’s farming technique as one tweeted: “#countryfile trying to make out it’s ok to keep cows inside all year.”
“Yes, we remember the farm you’re visiting. They don’t let the cows see daylight and think 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 second wrote.
Someone else replied: “Exactly what I thought the first time I saw this. It’s wrong.”
A fourth tweeted: “#countryfile Handily glossing over the fact his cows never go outside.”
“Ah remember him, cow version of The Shawshank Redemption #Countryfile,” another wrote.
A sixth said: “Oh Christ it’s the cow factory gang #countryfile.”
Meanwhile, the Countryfile Ramble is set to return in October as presenters Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Tom Heap, Margherita Taylor and Steve Brown take part.
Charlotte will also join the fundraising event for the first time while John Craven will be supporting his co-stars.
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This year’s ramble will see young people between the age of five and 18 being supported by the presenters as they tackle their individual routes.
Charlotte will be joined by siblings Ailsa and Finn in Stonehaven, Scotland who have been supported by ARCHIE Child Bereavement Services after the loss of their Dad, Dave.
Charlotte said: “I’m so chuffed to be joining this year’s Countryfile Ramble.
“It’s such a great way to raise money for BBC Children in Need and I’m looking forward to meeting some inspirational youngsters – I just hope they don’t leave me too far behind!”
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Countryfile’s John added: “I am very proud to be part of another Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need.
“I will be encouraging and supporting my co-presenters and members of the public, checking in via video calls on the progress of their individual rambles.
“As always, we’ll be aiming to raise as much money as possible to help children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK and members of the public can also get involved and organise their own rambles.
“Best of luck to all involved this year – I can’t wait to see what we can all achieve!”
Countryfile continues on BBC One on Sunday at 7pm. The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need airs on BBC One on Sunday 24th October.
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