A paper from the Irish interviews has been published in Sustainability. Irish dairy farmers saw good farming as skilled grass production, that included little extra feed but was reliant on fertiliser. There's scope to change the defintion to include include mixed swards. You can read the paper here.
A paper on a survey of Scottish dairy farmer attitudes to grazing and indoor systems has been published. Results showed 68% of respondents agreed cows should graze. The paper argues grazing is important to farmers & needs support.
Paper on from the Irish dairy farmer survey study published in Journal of Dairy Science.
The 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' project took part in the British Academy's research Summer Showcase and the event can be seen on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucEgHPEiDDA. There was cow comedy, a trailer for artist Adam Stead's upcoming Project Feed film, cheese tasting by Ned Palmer and a tour of the Museum of English Rural Life.
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.
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.