The first paper from 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' project, based on stakeholder interviews. Why & how UK & Irish dairy sectors differ so much. Ireland: mainstream is low cost grass based system, in UK more ambivalence about the role of grass and grazing.
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. The event is in the New Town Theatre on 6th August at 1:30pm. You can get tickets here.
The 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' project is taking part in Pint of Science in Dundee, 22nd May. Tickets here.
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. You can read more in the blog.
Calling all dairy farmers of the UK and Ireland, we want to hear your views about the future of indoor and pasture based systems in the UK and Ireland. There has been public controversy about dairying in recent years e.g. rapid dairy expansion in Ireland, total confinement systems in the UK. But little is known about farmers' views about the future of their industry. UK farmers - why do you choose the system you do and what are you views on the welfare and environmental aspects of indoor farming?
The Cows eat grass, don't they? project is taking part in the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe again this year. The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is a wonderful and unique initiative to bring academic research to the masses and provoke lively and often heated debate. It's hosted by comedian Susan Morrison and the audience are encouraged to have their say.