Hillside cows saved from slaughter appear on BBC’s Countryfile

The 59 cows are settling in well at the Hillside sanctuary. Photo: Wendy Valentine

The 59 cows are settling in well at the Hillside sanctuary. Photo: Wendy Valentine - Credit: Archant

A herd of cows living at Hillside Animal Sanctuary after being spared the slaughterhouse have been featured in an episode of the BBC's Countryfile.

The programme showed the sanctuary in Frettenham, Norwich, in an episode which aired on Sunday, July 2.

The cows came to Hillside after their vegetarian owner Jay Wilde, of Bradley Nook Farm in Derbyshire, found he couldn't bear to send the animals to be killed.

The herd, which would have been worth £40,000 to Mr Wilde, has been rehomed in Norfolk. Bradley Nook is also being converted into an organic vegetable farm.

The programme aired at 7pm on Sunday and also featured an interview with Mr Wilde and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson.


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The Hillside sanctuary is home to nearly 400 rescued cows, 1,950 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys, 500 sheep and goats, 300 pigs, and many other rescued animals.

The episode is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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