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Spotlight on dairy production systems at Edinburgh Fringe show

Spotlight on dairy production systems at Edinburgh Fringe show

Do cows belong in fields? Image by Keith Weller/USDA (www.ars.usda.gov)
“There needs to be more discussion between different parts of the industry and the public about the future of dairy farming. Not only about facts – what are the environmental, social and welfare impacts of housing cows; but also about values – how do we want our milk to be produced and what do we value about agriculture?”
Do cows belong in fields? Image by Keith Weller/USDA (www.ars.usda.gov)

The role of grazing in dairy farming the UK has become increasingly contentious; dairy farming in the UK has changed from seasonal housing and grazing to around a fifth of farmers housing cows all year around. This change continues to be controversial with the public, and consumers are concerned about the environmental, welfare and social impacts of large farms housing cows all year around.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute