What do farmers feed their cows? – with farmer Charles

By Thisfarmlife
26th June 2020
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What do you think cows eat? Chips? Grass? Beer? Sugar? Cows love grass, but it’s not the only thing they eat.

When foods like bread, sugar, and beer are made, there are lots of leftover products, like straw and molasses. Farmer Charles recycles these to feed the cows, and they turn it into milk!

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.

Watch more of Charles’ farm videos. 

Follow Charles on Twitter.

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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