“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.
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