Farmer Charles explains how he harvests the grass in the summer when it’s at its best and tastiest, so he can ten feed his cows throughout the year.
Grazing cows in the winter can make the fields a muddy mess. When it’s cold, or in the summer when it’s too hot and dry, grass doesn’t grow or is poor quality.
Charles explains how harvesting it at the right time makes sure that he feeds the best quality feed to his cows all year.
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 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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