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Cows eat grass, don't they?

This survey explores the views of dairy farmers in the UK and Ireland about the future of their industry.

This survey is part of a larger 3 year project on stakeholder, farmer and public views on indoor, high input and pasture based systems in the UK and Ireland called 'Cows eat grass, don't they?' www.docowseatgrass.org.


There has been public and media attention on dairy systems 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.


The survey is for any commercial dairy farmers in the UK and Ireland. It takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. Questions cover production systems and opinions.


As a gesture of goodwill we will donate £2 (and equivalent in euros) for every survey completed to charities helping struggling farmers: the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) in England and Wales; the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI); Rural Support in Northern Ireland; and the Mind our Farm Families phoneline in Ireland run by Pieta House and the IFA. We aim to raise £1500 for these charities in total.


Data will be stored anonymously and will be entirely confidential. You can see the Hutton's privacy notice here: www.hutton.ac.uk/terms. The results will be reported in a blog online, academic papers, and presentations.


If you have any questions about the survey do not hestitate to get in touch with the researcher Orla Shortall, orla.shortall@hutton.ac.uk 0044 (0)1224395302 or Lee-Ann Sutherland, lee-ann.sutherland@hutton.ac.uk, 0044 (0)3449285428.


Please click submit to complete the survey. Thank you for your participation.