Due to the unique relationship that has been forged between Roundoak Farm in Kent and the Queen’s Estate at Balmoral in Scotland, Roundoak are pleased to announce the arrival of a pedigree Highland bull – ‘The Duke’ – to the farm based in Kent.
Norman and Ruth, the owners of Roundoak have been visiting Braemar – near Ballater in Scotland, for over 20 years, where they had the good fortune to meet Dochy Ormiston, who is in charge of the Queens Highland cattle at Balmoral Castle. After a few visits to The Balmoral Estate, The Farm expressed an interest in acquiring stock. As a result, last week, Norman and Ruth drove the some 600 miles with a trailer to meet Dochy, and bring ‘The Duke’ back to Roundoak Farm at Sutton Valence in Kent.
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 Borerays. The Farm also has some more commercial stock including a herd of Sussex cattle and some 100 Sussex Mule sheep.
‘The Duke’ will be introduced to our Highland stock in the Spring of 2017 to further increase The Farm’s number of these wonderful beasts, which can be seen all over the County in relation to our Conservation Grazing Programme in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust, Kent County Council and Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, to name but a few.
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.
Pictured below is The Duke in Sutton Valence.