Cows frolic from barn after long Swedish winter

STORY: Dozens of visitors gathered on the farm to witness the annual "cow release" - a marker of the start of spring in the northern European nation.

Despite some initial trepidation when the barn doors opened just after 1030 a.m. (0830GMT), the cattle soon charged into the open fields, running and hopping around as they stretched their legs for the first time in several months.

The cows will now spend the spring and summer months roaming the fields, until they return to the barn in September or October.

Due to Sweden's northern position, daylight levels vary considerably over the course of a year.

In January, daylight only lasts for a few hours, while in the country's north there is round-the-clock darkness.

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