Using our grass – Cattle, sheep and deer
Over 10 Saturdays, we will unearth the role of soil in our ecology and question how best to graze the grass and farm protein. We will unpack the impact of our industrialised food system on our daily bread, our nutrition and health. We will grapple with the big numbers and small actions on carbon emissions and food waste. We will assess our impact on our fellow species, whether they be walking, swimming or flying, and imagine how to better use our land.
On day 4, we begin our examination of grazing and farming protein. Scotland is 85% pasture and ensuring that we use the pasture well is a critical to our national land use strategy. Starting with deer and estate management, we will examine the ecological and welfare impact of current estate management practices and their alternatives. We will crunch the numbers on methane emissions from our farm ruminants, beef and dairy cattle and sheep, and consider the impact of different husbandry techniques. Our afternoon will include an ecological walk round the landscape, visiting the resident ruminants on the way.
Our guides are Anna Heaton, Director Pasture Fed Livestock Association, Simon Pepper, OBE, former Director of World Wildlife Fund (Scotland) and Heritage Lottery Fund board member and David Finlay, Cream o' Galloway Farm.
PLEASE NOTE – Our Field of Enquiry Team has a limited number of members. You can attend individual sessions, but priority places will be reserved for people who can attend the whole programme. This ticket registers your interest in becoming a member of the Field of Enquiry Team, but in order to secure a place, please tell us a bit about yourself.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and, in no more than 100 words, let us know - your key areas of interest; any relevant groups or associations you belong to and would hope to influence, and the first question you would like our Field of Enquiry to explore. Deadline 19 September. Decision by 23 September.