I farm with my wife, Caroline at Kings Meaburn in Cumbria’s Lyvennet Valley. Having taken over the business from my parents in 1984, who were “farming with nature” before it became a fashionable practice. I have continued and extended this principle throughout my farming career.
The farm’s main enterprise is a 160 head Montbeliarde dairy herd and our milk is sold to the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative (OMSCO). All dairy herd beef calves are kept on site until they are at least 18 months old. They are then either sold as prime organic cattle to M&S or Sainsbury through ABP or sold as store cattle for finishing on other organic farms.
Throughout my career I have been actively involved in the CLA. I am also a board member of the National TB Partnership and the Westmorland Dales National Park.
This session, chaired by CLA President Mark Tufnell, will explore the range of practical approaches taken by three CLA members towards climate-friendly farming and managing natural capital.