Cows eat grass, don't they?

Welcome to the website for the project 'Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?'

This is a social sciences research project carried out by Orla Shortall at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen about indoor and outdoor dairy farming in the UK and Ireland. The project is funded by the British Academy and runs from 2018-2021.

The project involves carrying out research with farmers, stakeholders and the public to explore visions of the future of dairy farming in the UK and Ireland.

Results will be disseminated through academic papers, conference presentations, blogs and public engagement events.


The 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' project funding is coming to an end. A workshop about the findings of the project and a report will be produced in March 2021.

Posted on: Thursday, 11 February, 2021
Cows in field

The first paper from 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' project, based on stakeholder interviews.

Posted on: Monday, 14 October, 2019

The 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' project is taking part on the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas event at the Edinburgh Fringe, with a show entitled 'Do cows belong in fields?' The event is a chance for academics to engage with the public about their work.

Posted on: Thursday, 4 July, 2019

The 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' project is taking part in Pint of Science in Dundee, 22nd May.

Posted on: Monday, 6 May, 2019

Thank you to the 761 farmers who took part in the 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' farmer survey. £2 was pledged to charities helping struggling farmers for every survey, a total of £1508 or €1751 was raised.

Posted on: Tuesday, 9 April, 2019