By Iain Watts and Tui Benjamin
What UDDER happiness! These skipping cows are all of us rushing to the pub when lockdown ends – as they jump for joy at being allowed back into their pasture for the first time this year.
Farmer Richard Cornock filmed his herd of 75 British Friesians kicking their heels in celebration as they took to the fields at his farm in Tytherington, Gloucs, on Friday.
The 51-year-old dairy farmer witnesses the adorable phenomenon every spring but said due to the current coronavirus social isolation regulations, this year’s display had extra poignancy.
Richard, the star of YouTube channel The Funky Farmer, said: “The cows are kept inside over the winter for their own benefit, because there is no grass growing.
“We let them out when there is enough grass growing in the fields for them – it is usually round about this time every year, give or take a week or two.
“They skip because they are so pleased to be outside again, it’s the simple pleasure of being outdoors, feeling the crisp air and the soft ground underneath them.
“I’s a perfect representation of us in the lockdown situation.
“By the end of it, we’ll all be skipping outside in the same way, so we can definitely all relate.”
Richard runs New House Farm, which has been in his family for 200 years, with brother Tom.
He started posting videos on YouTube in 2012 and has since racked up more than 120,000 followers who love his vlogs capturing his bucolic English existence.
The lifelong farmer said while spring lambs are often known for frolicking in the spring sunshine, not many people are aware 94 stone cows skip when they’re happy too.
Richard added: “Cows are very placid creatures really, they don’t behave like this very often, so to see them skipping like this is quite a rarity.
“I filmed this video to lift people’s spirits during lockdown too.
“Being a farmer can be quite socially isolating – I work on my own or with my brother, so sharing videos is a way for me to reach out to the world and feel involved.
“The coronavirus lockdown hasn’t really changed my life that much, but I appreciated how much other people have been affected by it.”