Ken Samuel’s family has been running this idyllic farm since the 1950s after his grandad who fought in World War Two was given land to farm after fighting (his family has been using this land to farm for about 70 years!). He is the third generation. Ken is one of our organic farmers who is situated only a short 6.2 miles drive from the Dairy ensuring the freshness of the milk. When we climbed to the top of one hills in the cow’s fields we saw the amazing view that greeted us. This farm overlooks the Malvern Hills, the River Severn, and vast numbers of fields beautifully lit by the warm summer sun creating a view that’s truly stunning.
Ken bought the extraordinary robots, which give the cows the control over their own milking and resting, 10 years ago. The youngest cow, a Simmental cross, is only 4 days old and presently beginning the 12 week minimum time for the calf to drink its mother’s milk required. Ken feeds the cows organic feed from his fields across from the farm and potatoes. This feed of dried grass is aided by the use of clover which takes in Nitrogen from the Earth’s atmosphere and then releases it profiting the grass surrounding it. It also seems that the cows enjoy and find it calming to listen to the musical entertainment of Abba and others played by the local BBC radio Gloucestershire.