Seriously Endangered Boreray Sheep arrive at Roundoak

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Heniker Lane
Sutton Valence
ME17 3ED

The Boreray is one of the most endangered breeds of sheep in the UK. The breed originated on the Isle of Boraray in the Outer Hebrides Scotland. It is believed there are only 300 of the breed left.

This week, twelve of the breed arrived at Roundoak farm Sutton Valence. Norman and Ruth Coles who farm Roundoak travelled to the West Country to pick up the animals from a farm in Devon where the farmer who had the sheep was retiring.

Roundoak is home to a number of other rare breeds such as North Ronaldsays  and Teeswaters plus some five hundred Hebrideans as well as eighty Highland cows. The farm have developed a unique brand commercially selling the sheep for breeding and meat. Many local and specialist butchers now buy from the farm as do many individuals. The farm has its own website or and a regular newsletter which is sent to ‘Friends of Roundoak’

Commercially breeding and the sale of the meat, is the only way to protect these species. These are much more slow growing animals than conventional cross breeds, taking up to twice as long to reach maturity. As a result the meat is superb in taste and low in fat, an important factor in modern day living.

The Roundoak animals are also a familiar site in central Kent as the other quality these animals have is for Conservation grazing. The farm animals graze many sites for organisations such as Kent Wildlife Trust, Kent County Council, Medway valley conservation trust and Loose valley amenities trust to name but a few.

Roundoak welcomes visitors, by appointment to the farm, to see the many different rare breeds.

Roundoak Highland Cows Feature in Photo Shoot

 Roundoak at Sutton Valence was approached by a London photo agency to participate in a photo shoot at the farm to be used in forthcoming advertising champagne for the Scottish based company Aberdeen Asset Management. 

The crew turned up in the early part of January to carry out the shoot, which was very successful.  The featured cows all behaved themselves on set and at the end of the day it was considered to be a suitable wrap.


Roundoak Sign Stand Proud at Gateway to Farm

Last year we reported Roundoak had installed a new Weathervane made by Black Forge Art Wittersham.  This was a gift to celebrate Norman’s 60th Birthday. As a result of the pleasure this gave him he commissioned Black Forge to create a new Roundoak sign feature the Hebridean Sheep, Highland Cattle and Pigs.  The sign was completed just after New Year and stand proud at the gateway to the farm.


Save The Date - 7 June 2015

Roundoak are pleased to be opening up our gates again this year for the annual Open Farm Sunday event, which sees hundreds of farmers across the UK opening up their farm. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer.

Take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. So come and feed your senses at Roundoak's Open Farm Sunday.

More information about our event will follow in the coming weeks, we hope you can all join us.

Previous Roundoak Open Farm Sunday events
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