Park Farm Butchers
Andrew and Anne Clarke farm some 300 acres of typical Wealden farmland in the parish of Hawkhurst. It has always been our ethos to farm as much as possible in a way that supports and enhances our surrounding countryside whilst producing fully traceable, quality beef, pork and lamb.
The emphasis is firmly on traditional methods to provide grazing and winter feed for the livestock as well as supporting areas of wild flower meadows, natural habitat, woodland and ponds.
The farm participates in the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme; an ongoing conservation and education programme. We offer school visits and open days so that people can see first hand our farming practices and livestock. It also offers an opportunity to simply enjoy some of the most glorious countryside here in the Weald of Kent.
We run a suckler herd of around 40 Sussex cows with their calves and older stock. Together with a flock of 150 Romney ewes we produce and supply Park Farm Butchers with free range, predominantly grass fed beef and lamb.
Our animals are grazed on grass pastures during the summer months and we make hay, haylage and grass silage to provide the mainstay of their winter feed regime. A careful programme of fertilizing, using mostly livestock manure, ensures a supply of quality grass for much of the year. We also grow approximately 25 acres of barley and beans which we mill to produce our own homegrown “finishing” ration.
Our free range pigs are bought as “weaners”, reared outside with access to straw bedded houses and fed on our home made feed ration together with seasonal fruit and vegetables from our local wholesaler.
Most of our livestock are born and reared on the farm which qualifies for Farm Assurance under the “Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb Scheme“. All livestock are then transported for slaughter to Tottingworth Farm at Heathfield, a 25 minute drive away, ensuring the animals have the best welfare.