Dairy farmer Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost-cutting supermarkets and, instead, sell his milk raw, directly to the public. He hopes staying small means he can keep up the great relationship he has with his 55 cows, especially with Ida, the queen of his herd. The result is surprisingly funny. A heartwarming tearjerker about the incredible bonds between farmer, animal and countryside in a fast-disappearing England.
“The Moo Man” is a documentary that chronicles the daily life of dairy farmer Stephen Hook, of “Hook and Son” Dairy, and both the highs and lows of dairy farming. In the film, Hook enjoys a new calf being welcomed into the family and deals with having to call a vet and saying good-bye to a cow named Ida that was the “queen of the herd.” This remarkable documentary features everything associated with dairy farming. The viewer will see cows milked, milk being poured into bottles, the vet called to diagnose sick cows, the birthing of calves, a cow being led by a halter for the first time, and the cows playing together. It also shows how Stephen has to make some tough decisions to let cows go or put them down, but the viewer also learns what a softhearted and devoted dairy farmer he is.
The film features not only the story of the hardship of running a dairy farm, but also includes humorous moments, such as the cows mooing at each other or bumping heads together as they play. We are awarding this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and older. If anyone thinks he or she would get queasy watching the birthing of calves (and several birthing scenes are featured in the film), then it would be best not to watch. For everyone else, this is a rich experience to enjoy. “The Moo Man” is an educational and entertaining film.