How do robots milk cows? Find out with Farmer Charles

By Thisfarmlife
29th April 2020
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Find out how robots allow cows to choose when, and how often they are milked on Charles Goadby’s farm in Warwickshire.

Charles uses a Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking machine, as well as more conventional milking equipment.

About Charles and his farm

Charles is a mixed dairy, beef and arable farmer, working in partnership with his father and two brothers in Warwickshire. They milk 350 Holstein cows, using both conventional and robotic systems. They grow wheat, barley, oilseed rape, oats, potatoes and maize over 1300 acres, as well as having diversified into industrial units.

Charles is married to Linda, a primary school teacher, and they have two children, Chloe and Henry. He has a real passion for education, and helping people gain a better understanding of the food they eat and how it is produced.

About Just Farmers

Charles was trained in media and and video-production by Just Farmers – a project run by BBC Broadcaster and Journalist Anna Jones, and TV self-shooting producer/director, Alex Price.


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