IamA dairy farmer AMA!
I look after 350 dairy cows (+ about 150 followers) in the South of England. I am here to answer all of your questions, especially the controversial ones. Bare in mind I can only speak for myself and my farm, not the industry as a whole.
Proof: Imgur (sorry about the lighting in that pic. Shed + dirty phone case + excitable calf = poor quality photo!)
I also spent a year in Middle Earth where I milked cows and wrote a blog if you have plenty of time to waste: http://flinnz.blogspot.co.uk/
EDIT: Front Page! I am pleasantly surprised by the positive reaction (86% upvoted). Thanks.
EDIT: Thanks for the questions, I have to go now, and I dont expect I shall be back. In fact I mean not to. Goodbye. (I might actually be back).