scottish invade ashdown forest

Scottish Highland cows have joined the already large flock of Hebridean sheep that are conservation grazing parts of the Ashdown Forest.  A flock of about 60 Hebridean sheep arrived several weeks ago to join the forests existing flock of Hebrideans, the sheep came from Roundoak Hebridean based at Sutton Valence in Kent, one of the largest breeders of the once endangered Hebridean breed.  The sheep are well renowned for their effective use in conservation grazing.  The Highland cows have similar qualities of grazing as the Hebrideans, five young Steers and one Heifer joined the sheep last Friday, in a trial which will involve grazing selective parts of the moorland.

Over the last several years there has been much interest in alternative breeds for grazing and general meat production for the food chain.  People are far more interested where their food comes from and animal welfare.

Both the Hebridean sheep and Highland cows are slow growing animals.  It is well known that slow growing plants and animals are healthier and tend to taste better.  Both Hebridean sheep and Highland cows in fact grow at half the speed of conventional sheep and cows.  The meat is very lean with little or no fat and very low in cholesterol, an important factor in this day and age.

Roundoak farm already supply lamb and beef to many quality restaurants as well as many individuals.  Its hope that the Highland cows which are magnificent beasts will become a permanent attraction to the forest in the future.