Emily Bull: It’s not black and white! Understanding the knowledge requirements of dairy-bred beef calf rearers Follow Emily on Twitter: @Emily__Bull UK livestock systems are complex, they are influenced by many political and social factors as well as biophysical complexities. With increasing pressure to change from NGO campaigns, company commitments to welfare, consumer attitudes and societal license to operate the dairy-bred calf rearing sector sits at the epicentre of these concerns. It currently contributes 60% of the net 0.8 million tonnes of beef produced per year but almost half of prime beef produced in the UK does not meet market
We will be setting up stalls at the Cheltenham and Cirencester farmers’ markets (on 10th and 11th November respectively) to give short talks and chat with members of the public about our latest food and farming research and how it affects the products we buy. These are free events as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
The CCRI is running a Twitter completion – ‘Name the cardboard cow’! – in connection with a free ESRC Festival event ‘From Moo to You’ that they are running at Asda in Gloucester on Monday 6th November. #moo2u
CCRI Research Assistant, Hannah Chiswell, has been awarded funding from the ESRC to run an event as part of their Festival of Social Science to talk about how our milk gets from the farm to the shop shelves and other key issues facing dairy farmers today.
Some abstracts of the CCRI presentations are now available for the XXVIIth ESRS Conference, which took place in Krakow, Poland, from 24th to 27th July.
Somerset dairy farmers are invited to a free event to put forward their needs and aspirations for the sustainability of dairy farming in Somerset following Brexit.
Damian Mayer and James Kirwan are once again very much involved in the annual RGS-IBG conference, where they are organising a session on food system sustainability and resilience and also co-presenting three research papers.