Charles Steer - The Circular Farm. Minimising input for maximum output in a mixed farming system
Having been raised on a small organic farm in East Cheshire which my parents ran alongside their professional careers, my passion for agriculture was sparked from a very young age. The farm was a family affair and their long standing sentiment for conservation and sustainability, is something I continue to strive for in my work. Upon leaving school, after a year working on farms and travelling in Australia and New Zealand, I studied agriculture at The University of Reading and graduated in 2010. Both experiences I thoroughly enjoyed.
I am now the arable manager for Grosvenor Farms LTD, a mixed dairy and arable enterprise on the outskirts of Chester. My employment with Grosvenor started as part of a graduate traineeship in 2011, progressing to management in late 2014. My responsibilities cover management of the combinable and forage cropping on the farm, agronomy, staff, machinery and nutrient management; in short, all the farming operations involved in growing combinable crops and at each ‘end’ of the cows on the 3,500 head dairy enterprise.
I live on the farm with my partner Rebecca and two charismatic dogs, a Labrador and a Dachshund. Some of my free time is spent training one of them as a gundog; the other spends its free time escaping into the surrounding fields and chasing anything with a pulse. A wannabe engineer, I have restored various vehicles over the years; I am currently attempting to convert a 1968 series II Land Rover to electric, when time and funds allow.
I’m privileged to be sponsored by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust and would like to thank them for this fantastic opportunity.