SRUC’s Ig Nobel Award Attracts Russian Attention

Published Thursday, 10th December 2015 in Dairy Research Centre news

Russian TV dairy crichton

A Russian TV crew recently visited the Scotland’s Rural College Dairy Research and Innovation centre in Dumfries after hearing about it through the Ig Nobel Award won in 2013.

Ig Nobel Prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. Prizes are awarded for research that ‘first makes people laugh, and then make them think’.

SRUC was recognised for research exploring whether cows are more likely to lie down the longer they stand up. Carried out by Bert Tolkamp, Marie Haskell, Fritha Langford, David Roberts and Colin Morgan, the project increased understanding of how cows behave, helping farmers improve how they care for their herds.

The Russian TV crew were filming for a series of six documentaries about unusual and interesting scientific studies made in the UK for Russian TV channel Science 2.0. The producer made contact after reading about the Ig Nobel prize and was shown more of SRUC’s work on cow behaviour and herd management by Centre Head, Professor Dave Roberts.

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