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About Thisfarmlife

Charles is a mixed dairy, beef and arable farmer, working in partnership with his father and 2 brothers in Warwickshire. They milk 350 Holstein cows, using both conventional and robotic systems, which are housed all year round. 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 also has a real passion for education, and helping people to gain a better understanding of the food they eat and how it is produced.

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Activity: Listen to farmer Charles’ poem, then write your own

Farmer Charles has swapped the milking parlour for his study to write a poem about his life as a dairy…

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What’s it like being a dairy farmer?

What are the two main things that you need to be a dairy farmer? According to dairy farmer Charles, you…

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The Cow Carbon Cycle – with farmer Charles

Farmer Charles explains how his cows and other livestock produce high quality, nutritious, healthy and sustainable food for people to…

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Staying safe in the countryside – with farmer Charles

Watch farmer Charles share his advice on how to make the most of a visit to the countryside. He explains…

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Planting and growing spring wheat – with farmer Charles

Watch farmer Charles prepare his land to plant spring wheat, what machines he uses and what the crop needs to…

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The milk bottle challenge, with dairy farmer Charles

You may buy your food and drink, like milk, from the supermarket, but behind the shelf there’s a network of…

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How do robots milk cows? Find out with Farmer Charles

Find out how robots allow cows to choose when, and how often they are milked on Charles Goadby’s farm in…