A calf wearing a placard saying “Save My Mummy’s Fields” was the four-legged mascot of protestors against a big new estate at Great Glen.
Astill Planning Consultants want to build around 170 homes on land off Stretton Road, to the north of the village.
But villagers including local farmer Bruce Peberdy - and his calf - are objecting to the scheme.
“There is so, so much of the countryside being built on,” said Mr Peberdy, of Stackley farm, Great Glen. “And we’re not nearly self-sufficient on food in this country.
“Some of these developers ought to look at the damage they’re doing to the countryside.”
The development would cover about a quarter of Mr Peberdy’s farmland.
Most other villagers support Mr Peberdy. Of the 122 questioned after a village consultation on the estate proposal last week, 118 said they were against it.
Lesley Sanderson, clerk of Great Glen Parish Council, said the parish council was also firmly opposed.
“We think it’s inappropriate, too large and in the wrong location” she said.
Ryan Astill, director of Astill Planning Consultants, said the company would assess local views before submitting a planning application to Harborough District Council.