Keyword: Cows

French activists film live cows with stomachs holed for experiments

French animal defence group L214 have released a video showing a centre in northern France where cows are kept with large holes bored into their rumen, the animals' first stomach, in experiments to study their digestion and which involve staff poking their arms into the innards of the cattle.

French farmers sue over cow deaths blamed on 'electromagnetism'

The group are suing the French state over the death of hundreds of cows, which they believe are the victims of harmful electromagnetic fields.

France's François Hollande broadens message in hunt for votes

The most unpopular president in French polling history, Hollande plays up his rustic roots, backs police, and visits underprivileged suburbs.

Switzerland apologises for army raid on French lake to help thirsty cows

Swiss army helicopters flew into France to scoop up water from a lake to help with relief operation to save Swiss cows from severe drought.

Opposition grows to 'biggest farm ever built in France'


It is known as the farm of a thousand cows. Work has begun to build a huge dairy farm in northern France that will produce up to 8.5 million litres of milk a year and run a methane power plant. Supporters of the intensive farming project say it is the most efficient way to farm given the level of Europe-wide competition and the low prices that smaller-scale dairy farmers get for their milk. Opponents – who staged a demonstration at the weekend - say it is bad for the environment and for local people. Jade Lindgaard reports on a clash of two farming cultures.