spring release

After five months indoors, munching their way through ten tonnes of silage apiece, the cows got their first taste of spring grass last week. Unsurprisingly they tend to get a bit overexcited and even the older ones are to be seen attempting the occasional doublelegged back kick. Sudden changes of diet are bad for both the milk and the health of the cows so, much as they would like to gorge on the spring grass, they initially go out for only two hours a day, then the whole day and finally by night as well.

The cow