Roundoak Newsletter January 2016.
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How Time Flies

We missed out on sending a Christmas Newsletter but what better time to do it than at the beginning of a new year.  Over the last few weeks winter has finally arrives at Roundoak after one of the wettest period.
Most of the cattle stock which included Highland and Sussex have had to be brought undercover not due to the state of the grass but the saturated soil.  The Roundoak herd of Highland Cattle continues to grow and together with the Sussex the combined cattle stock stands at around 132 with calves on the way.
The Hebridean, North Ronaldsay and Boreray sheep should all be due to lamb during February and March as the farming cycle turns round again for another year.
The farm is also expanding its involvement in tourism and holidays with already having taken bookings from caravan and motorhome owners.  The farm is expanding its number of pitches and is also creating a new site at its sister farm near Ulcombe.  What is planned at both Roundoak and Ulcombe should prove to be an exciting year.

Conservation Grazing

Both Roundoak Hebridean & Highland during 2015 where front runners in providing stock for many conservation projects.  This is likely to expand in 2016 with further grazing project on the horizon. 

We would like to thank our friends at Kent Wildlife Trust, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, Loose Valley Amenity Trust, just to name but a few and also to a number of private land owners who use our stock for the same purpose.
Roundoak Produce

The farm continue to supply quality meats to a number of local butchers and quality butchers in central London. Already orders and contracts have been agreed for 2016 which is looking like our best year yet.  The farm also sells meat direct from the farm to our many visitors.
Roundoak Highland at Ulcombe 

It has been a busy year at ulcombe with much work needed to fencing and infrastructure.  The major project for 2015 was to get three-phase power to the site which was completed in September 2015. 
Highlands Featured in advertising

Roundoak highland cows have been featured in advertising literature for Coles Group. It is hoped that this distinctive design with lead to good public awareness.  Coles Group who’s proprietor is still Norman Coles is run by Louise and Sophie Coles with their team dealing in property sales and rentals.

Sophie at present is on Maternity leave and hopes to return to the firm sometime in March.

Jack who was born in June has taken to helping in both the office work and at the farm with Grandad Norman.

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