An uncertain future for Irish dairy

If you thought humans wearing facemasks to shops to buy their milk was a strange sight, wait until the cows who make the milk start wearing facemasks too.

he ZELP – or Zero Emissions Livestock Production methane-reduction device – is designed to be worn by cows and is one of a plethora of scientific initiatives aimed at reducing environmental damage from the dairy industry.

The ZELP is just one possible version of the complicated future for a sector that finds itself at a crossroads. 

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