Rare breed cattle and sheep are well renowned for their use in conservation grazing and have been used for this purpose in various parts of the South East.
Conservation Grazing has become an important part of the evolution of Roundoak and Kings Oak Farms. Over the past few years our flocks and folds have been very successfully used to bring neglected and overgrown land back to serviceable management. This natural use of rare breeds animals has grown considerably.
Below are some of the projects we are and have been involved in.
* The Medway valley conservation Trust, overgrown land next to the former ICI site at Yalding.
* KCC at the Teston Country park Teston Near Maidstone.
* Ashford Borough Council at the Ashford Community Woodland Local Nature Reserve.
*Teston Parish council at land bounding the river Medway at Teston.
*West Malling Country park.
* East Malling and Larkfield Parish council at land in New Hythe Lane Larkfield.
* Ashdown Forest, Sussex
* Kent Wildlife trust grazing land at Holborough marshes between Snodland and Halling.
We have also supplied sheep and cattle to many individuals to graze orchards and paddocks as well as large organisations such as the Lafarge (formally Blue Circle) cement manufacturers, who purchased a flock of 100 ewe lambs and heifers for conservation grazing on the southern slopes of the North Downs at Halling near Rochester Kent. In 2015 Lafarge have bought another 50 Hebrideans. We also supplied Kent Wildlife Trust with 10 Highland heifer calves.
Our cattle, calves and bulls stand at about 130 in number, and our sheep at over 500.
We are in discussions with other organisations to conservation graze further land. Some of these organisations are also interested in buying some of our stock.