Close-up of an inquisitive bull with a nose ring

From Mr David Penton.

Sir, I enjoyed reading Tyler Brûlé’s vision of travelling two decades hence on the new high-speed trains (“High speed, slow delivery”, Life & Arts, February 2). However, I fear he is wrong in one thing. I doubt we will be seeing herds of cattle. They have already disappeared from the fields in many parts of the UK into massive factory units each housing up to 2,000 animals.

When I recently walked from the north to the south of Germany I did not see any livestock the whole way except in the barns I passed. Hence the way the landscape there is now without fences or hedges.

David Penton, London SW13, UK

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