Yeo Valley organic make a giant cow on the hill out of cow poo

A Giant Cow on the Hill? Udderly fantastic!

Wednesday 25th September 2019

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, we’ve been talking cow poo!

We’ve worked with a group of local artists to create a cow made entirely of organic cow muck from our own farm. The finished article on the hill of the valley looks fantastic!

This giant cow took a team of artists wielding 3,000 buckets of poo, a week to complete and stands at 70 metres wide and 50 metres high! As much as we love her, she won’t be around for long, naturally degrading over a fortnight or so, leaving no trace behind.

This temporary art installation is a perfect way to mark 25 years of organic and will also help get the message across that organic farming works with and not against the natural environment.

We took the idea to the Heritage Courtyard Gallery here in Somerset and got Heather Jane Wallace involved in the project. She says:

“‘I’m a Somerset girl and my family are farmers so I really understand the message. Organic farming is so important for wildlife, healthy soil and tackling climate change. It was exhausting carrying the buckets of poo up the steep hill. We used great big household brooms to paint it into the grass. It was a real challenge getting the scale right – from a distance we quickly realised that you can only make out great big shapes and not details like eye lashes. Whoever said contemporary art is just a pile of poo??”

Comments on “A Giant Cow on the Hill? Udderly fantastic!”

  • EXCELLENT job well done . I’ve never seen white cow poo before!

    David Germain on 2nd October 2019 at 3:55 pm

  • Moovelous dahlings x!

    Anonymous on 2nd October 2019 at 3:36 pm

  • What a fantastic thing to do. Such an achievement, original and clever. Living in Scotland I can’t come down to see it but it doesn’t matter I can see it in your picture and to scale too!

    Helen O'Brien on 2nd October 2019 at 2:53 pm

  • You’ve really dung it this time!

    Susan Platter on 2nd October 2019 at 2:23 pm

  • There couldn’t possibly be any better way to celebrate your organic ethos or your 25th anniversary….BRILLIANT! My only regret is I don’t live near enough to come and see the artwork for myself.Congratulations and thanks for putting the photo on your website.

    Angela Davies on 2nd October 2019 at 1:11 pm

  • A giant cow made of poo?
    Pull the udder one!

    Philip Kirwin on 2nd October 2019 at 1:07 pm

  • Happy 25th anniversary.
    Looks really good what a feat 3,ooo buckets of cow poo can attain.It’s a shame I cant get to see it in the real. I hope it’s had a lot
    of publicity to advertise
    local organic farming .
    Carry on your good work.

    Patricia Page on 2nd October 2019 at 1:02 pm

  • What a great idea, looks wonderful and sends a really positive message about farming too. Well done and keep up the good work!

    Jeanette on 2nd October 2019 at 12:45 pm

  • What a Fantastic idea, you done an amazing job.
    Happy 25th birthday!

    laura miles on 2nd October 2019 at 12:36 pm

  • This is great. Looks fantastic and was worth the effort to send out a clear message about organic farming.

    Joanne Davenport on 2nd October 2019 at 12:20 pm

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