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 'cruel' dairy farm – and were stunned to recognise the man in charge.

Sunday's edition of the BBC show saw Charlotte Smith visit a dairy farm in Northern Ireland.

Farmer Richard Lilburn has an unusual – and some would say controversial – way of farming, as he keeps his cows indoors.

The show has visited Richard before, with Charlotte explaining to viewers: "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.”

However, Countryfile viewers were fully aware of Richard's farming techniques, and many weren't happy that the show was revisiting them.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "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 fellow viewer replied: “Exactly what I thought the first time I saw this. It’s wrong.”

Another added: "#countryfile Handily glossing over the fact his cows never go outside.”

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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