Do Cows Belong In Fields? (Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas 2019)
The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might well be housed all year round, never grazing. The image of cows in fields peacefully munching green grass in an idyllic rural setting is not always the case.
Is year round housing a problem, or a legitimate practice for the dairy industry? What does animal welfare mean?
Orla Shortall (James Hutton Institute) argues that science alone doesn’t provide the answer. It is ultimately a question of values – specifically, why and how we value agriculture.