Farming at Westbrook primarily involves livestock. Westbrook Farm has natural grasslands and water meadows running alongside the River Wey which we use for grazing in a conservation-friendly manner. During spring, summer and autumn black, Aberdeen Angus cattle from a nationally famous, award-winning herd can be seen in these fields and meadows all the way along our river frontage.
Westbrook Farm participates in the Countryside Stewardship scheme to encourage sustainable farming. We are very careful to keep stocking density at beneficial levels, so the land is neither over or under grazed. As part of our management regime, we have from time to time used rare breed sheep as a low-impact means to keep vegetation from becoming overgrown. Traditional, non-domesticated breeds of sheep tend not require much effort to keep healthy, as they largely shed their own fleeces in spring and are not prone to the foot diseases that plague most domesticated sheep breeds if left to their own devices.
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