Roundoak Farm at Sutton Valence in Kent near Hollingbourne recently supplied 10 Highland heifer cows (pictured below) to the Kent Wildlife Trust for use in conservation grazing throughout the County. Roundoak Farm is a specialist farm focusing on rare breeds, and this arrangement compliments its existing Conservation Grazing Programme, which already includes supplying Lafarge with Hebridean Sheep for grazing across the North Downs at Halling, as well as other agreements with several other partners throughout Kent. These include Kent County Council, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, and several other Local Councils to name but a few.
Conservation Grazing has become an important part of the evolution of Roundoak Hebridean and Highland Cattle. Over the past few years our flocks and folds have been very successfully used across the South East to bring the neglected and overgrown land back to serviceable management. This natural use of rare breeds we anticipate expanding, and are in discussions with many other potential partners.
Roundoak is a unique concept set in the heart of the Kentish countryside, with 120 Highland cows and calves and in excess of 700 rare breed sheep including Hebrideans, North Ronaldsays and the very endangered Borerays. The Farm also has some more commercial stock including a herd of Sussex cattle and some 100 Sussex Mule sheep.
The Farm produces a range of high quality meat for sale supplying individuals, local restaurants and butchers; and also sells stock commercially for breeding.
The unique set up at Roundoak receives a great deal of interest, and we encourage visitors on Open days, or by appointment throughout the year to allow others to explore and experience these rare breeds too.
For more information please go to www.roundoak-hebridean.co.uk or call 01622 844491.