A calf and cow wait in a pasture

From Ms Gillian Clough.

Sir, Christopher Carr (Letters, November 28) should get out and about more in the Swiss countryside on his side of the border. On the mountain pastures it is common practice to rake up the grass by hand after the machines have done their best. There is no way of telling how severe a winter lies ahead, so it is important to maximise the yield from the limited land to feed the animals till spring.

As most maize grown in Europe is used for cattle feed, he probably saw the farmer’s family doing just this on the French side of the Jura, to ensure the survival of their animals.

Gillian Clough, Zug, Switzerland

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