highland cows conservation graze
Roundoak Farm at Sutton Valence, Maidstone have been appointment by Manor Country Park at West Malling to Convervation Graze several paddocks which form part of the park. The paddocks are approximately 25 acres.
Roundoak are already well-known aroung Central Kent as one of the largest breeders of Hebridean sheep, which are also used for conservation grazing around the Loose Valley and Teston Country Park. The introduction of Highland Cattle froms part of the farms expansion plans. The Highland Cattle have many of the same characteristics as the Hebrdiean Sheep, slow growing and very hardy animals. It is well known that slow growing plants and animals are healthier so taste better. As with the sheep, Highland Cattle in fact grow at half the speed of conventional cows. The meat is very lean and succulent with little or no fat and very low in cholesterol which is an important health factor in this day and age.
A heard of Highland cattle are known as a fold (as opposed to a herd) coming from the day when the crofters gathered cattle off the hills and collected them in a fold yard.
Initially a Fold of some ten to twelve cows will be introduced to West Malling around the 24th August 2011, the beasts should look magnificent in the parkland that once formed park of Douces Manor Estate.