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QUIZ: Can you score top marks in this udderly difficult dairy quiz?

Think you’re a dairy expert? Come and find out.

FARMING IS ONE of the world’s oldest professions.

Using the land as a food source goes almost all the way to the beginning of civilisation. People across the world relied on farmers to produce food for everyone else.

Dairy has been part of Irish life and Irish culture for over 6,000 years. Today, dairy farming and dairy processing sustains 17,500 family-run dairy farms and supports 55,000 Irish jobs.

We don’t consume all we produce domestically and Ireland exports dairy to over 130 countries, delivering €6.3 billion to our economy each year. 

Of course, this isn’t the whole story. Irish agriculture – including Irish dairy – accounts for around 37% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and the government has tasked the sector with reducing its emissions by 25% by 2030.

In 2022, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 1.2%. In addition, there’s an increasing focus on improving water quality and biodiversity, both of which will require continued commitment and adaptability from farmers up and down the country.

So how much you know about the Irish dairy industry and the things being done to ensure its future? Take this quiz to find out.

When asked, how many Irish people said they trusted dairy farmers to care for the environment? (National Dairy Council research, February 2024.)

When we think about greenhouse gases, we think about CO2 – but CO2 only accounts for a small proportion of dairy’s emissions. What is dairy’s biggest greenhouse gas?
Sulphur Dioxide

Where does most of dairy’s biggest greenhouse gas come from?
Cow farts
Cow sneezes

Cow burps
Cow yawns
How are dairy farmers trying to reduce emissions of methane?
Breeding low-emission traits into the herd
Charcoal biscuits for cows

Teaching cows to cover their mouths
Cow gas masks
Which of these is another greenhouse gas created by dairy?
Nitrous Oxide

How are farmers reducing emissions of this gas?
By sucking it up and storing it in underground tanks
By filtering it out of the air using drones

Using low-emission fertiliser and reducing the amounts applied
By using complicated magic
Agriculture is responsible for >37% of Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions – but how much Irish CO2 is absorbed by the trees, hedges and grass on Ireland’s 17,500 dairy farms?
We don't actually know
One billion tonnes

One hundred thousand tonnes
One million tonnes
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