Here at the Organic Research Centre, we would like to find out more about whether cattle (dairy in particular but also beef) in the UK browse hedgerows, shrubs and trees as part of a project researching sustainable dairy farming (www.solidairy.eu). So if you have noticed your cattle feeding on trees and shrubs in your hedgerows, we would love to hear about it. All information received will be treated in an anonymous fashion in any publications. If you are willing to supply contact details, these will only be used to contact you regarding further involvement in this project.

Results from the survey will be available in a future edition of our Bulletin – please see our website for further details: www.organicresearchcentre.com

No question is compulsory so if you don’t know the answer or don’t want to give us the information simply move onto the next question.

Many thanks for your help with our project!

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* 1. What number of cattle do you have?

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* 2. Are your cattle dairy / beef / both?

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* 3. What breed are your cattle?
(Give details of the main breeds in the herd)

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* 4. Roughly how many months in a year do the cattle spend at pasture / with access to pasture?

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* 6. How often do you see your cattle browsing hedgerows / trees ?
(example answers might be: once or twice a year, often in a particular season but not so much at other times, most weeks, most days, etc)

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* 7. In what weather conditions do you see the cattle browsing hedgerows / trees?

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* 8. What is the grass quality / quantity like when you see the cattle browsing the hedgerows / trees?

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* 9. Do they browse hedgerows / trees at particular times of year? When?
(more than one answer can be selected)

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* 10. Do they browse hedgerows / trees at particular times of day? When?
(example answers might be: 9am-11am, immediately after milking, dusk, at night, etc)

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* 11. Do they have a preference for specific bushes/trees? Which ones?

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* 12. Do cattle browse hedgerows / trees more at certain ages or stages?
(more than one answer can be selected)

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* 13. Any other observations about cattle browsing hedges that you think might be useful to us?
(examples might be: how long they browse for at a time, do all cows in the herd do it or just specific individuals, are some breeds more inclined to do it than others, do they seem to do it to self-medicate i.e. eat plants that have natural medicinal qualities)

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* 14. What is the average annual level of (bag) nitrogen fertiliser input on the pasture (tonnes N per hectare or units N per acre) ?
(please specify units)

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* 15. What is the level of concentrate feed input (tonnes per cow per year) ?

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* 16. If you have dairy cows, what is your average milk yield per cow? (litres per cow per year)

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* 20. If you'd be willing to help with further research on this and maybe even fill in a quick and easy diary on hedge browsing then please give us your contact details (name, address, telephone number, e-mail).

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