The Estate prides itself on its environmental credentials, participating
in a multitude of stewardship schemes which fit in well with the organic
management of the estate.
Alongside organic arable cropping a pedigree organic Sussex cattle herd
has been established in recent years in addition to the rearing of
organic Large Black pigs. The pork and beef produced is marketed locally
to pubs and restaurants and much enjoyed by everybody.
Pedigree Sussex Beef
The Buckhurst Pedigree Sussex Herd is developing a reputation for
producing a flavoursome and quality carcass and has been nurtured to
establish a pure Sussex line. The Sussex Breed is world famous as
efficient converters of grass to beef and given the organic status of the
estate it is well suited to low input systems.
To learn more about the Sussex breed visit Sussex Cattle
Large Black Pigs
Newly established to the Buckhurst Estate is the herd of Large Black
Pigs. With origins in the Old English Hog from the 16th and 17th
centuries, the Large Black is Britain’s only all black pig and has lop
ears and a long deep body. They are extremely docile, hardy and suited
to simple outdoor systems, making them ideal for Buckhurst’s organic
farming system. The Large Black is much appreciated for its succulent
meat and eating qualities. It is superb as pork, but excels when
traditionally cured as bacon.
Buckhurst Black Pig is currently supplied locally.
Countess De La Warr has a small flock of pedigree Jacob sheep which
graze the parkland and we are expecting the spring lambs any day now