sussex cattle arrive at roundoak

Roundoak farm based at Sutton Valance is one of Maidstone's best kept secrets. The farm is home to one of the largest flocks of Hebredean Sheep in the UK numbering over 500 and some 130 plus Highland Cows. These unique animals are used in conjunction with conservation grazing around central Kent for such groups as Kent Wildlife Trust, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership, Teston Parish Council, Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council to name but a few, In locations such as Teston Country park, Hothfield Common and Bidbury wood Canterbury.

A small herd of 18 Sussex cattle was acquired to compliment the stock, and 2016 has also seen the arrival of 'The Captain', a bull from the pedigree Mayfield herd, to Roundoak, in order to grow this herd further. 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.

During 2016 we acquired some more Sussex heifers, the herd now totalling 28.  Our first Sussex calves were born in May this year.  The heifers calved unassisted, and we look forward to the remainder calving throughout the Summer of this year.

Roundoak welcomes visitors by prior appointment and supply’s local butchers and the public with its own Beef, Lamb and pork.

The farm can be contacted on 01622 844491.