Robert Thornhill

Robert Thornhill

Bakewell, Derbyshire

Dairy (grass-based)

Rob has 280 Jersey/Friesian crossbred cows on a pasture-based system in the Peak District National Park. He is the third generation on this land - his grandfather was a poultry farmer and his father set up the dairy unit in 1954. He has travelled all over the world learning how to get the best out of grass, in order to get the best out of his dairy cows.

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Rob is a bit of an action man. He likes skiing, sailing, riding and building custom motorcycles, target shooting and ammunition loading, scuba diving, running and cycling. In the past he's had a go at powered flying, gliding, paragliding and karate. He's also a 2013 Nuffield Farming Scholar. The title of his published study is: 'Forages and grazing techniques for sustainable pasture-based dairying and livestock farming'.

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