SUSSEX CATTLE ARRIVE AT ROUNDOAK
Roundoak farm based at Sutton Valance is one of Maidstones best kept secrets. The farm is home to one of the largest flocks of Hebredean Sheep in the UK numbering over 500 and some 90 plus Highland Cows. These unique animals are used in conjunction with conservation grazing around central Kent for such groups as Kent Wildlife Trust, Loose Valley amenities association, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, Teston Parish Council, Kent County Council to name but a few, In locations such as Teston Country park, Hothfield Common and Bidbury wood Canterbury.
A small heard of 18 Sussex cattle have been acquired to compliment the stock. It is commonly agreed that Sussex cattle are one of our oldest breeds, having inhabited the Weald of Sussex and Kent from time immemorial. The Sussex has many of the characteristics of the other rare breeds at Roundoak, maternal breed traits of calving, milkiness, temperament and the ability to thrive on a low input/extensive system of management.
The heard will be used in the farms conservation grazing programme.
Roundoak welcomes visitors by prior appointment and supply’s local butchers and the public with its own Beef, Lamb and pork.