Sheep, of all animals, might be surprised to discover they are the subject of online chatter. Yet dip into farming-linked content on the site formerly known as Twitter, and it likely won’t be long before you stumble upon a strident opinion about these creatures and their impact, from celebration (see James Rebanks) to concern (see George Monbiot).

Farmer and writer Rosamund Young is in the former. Her bestselling book The Secret Life of Cows documented life on her and her brother’s organic farm on the Cotswold escarpment. Here the primary focus was their large herd of pedigree Ayrshires. ...


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