Hazeldene Farm

Hazeldene Native Rare Breeds Farm nestles in the folds of Asheridge Vale barely a mile from Chesham. The 70 acre farm has been run on traditional principles by Liz and Steve Bateman since 2006.

Liz and Steve BatemanLiz, Steve and their daughter, Charlotte, moved to the farm in 2006 with the aim of rearing native rare breed animals. These animals are slow maturing which adds to the flavour.

Our livestock is naturally reared i.e. able to express natural behaviour. The cattle and sheep are on a grass fed diet during the spring/summer and on hay/silage during the autumn/winter.

The pigs are free range on a non-gm high quality feed. The land is managed with no artificial fertilizers or pesticides. We occasionally have to use antibiotics but these are used sparingly and the animal would not go to slaughter.

During the Summer months we offer guided tours around the farm and parties are welcome to come and meet the animals.

English Traditional Hereford Cattle

Traditional Hereford BeefThe Traditional Hereford can be traced back to 1846 but is, sadly, now a rare breed with only 1000 cows alive. All the other Herefords in the world have been crossed with North American blood lines which are much less fleshed.

The Traditional Hereford is ideally suited to the British climate and can cope with extremes of weather.

They are very docile, good mothers, and produce the best beef.

More information about the cattle can be found on the Traditional Hereford Breeders Club website.

 

Oxford Down SheepOxford Down Sheep

Originally from Oxfordshire, they are the largest sheep in the UK and the size produces succulent meat. The first flock book was published in 1889.

This is a rare breed with only around 1500 ewes alive.

More information about this breed can be found on the Oxford Down Sheep Breeders Association website.

 

 

British Lop PigsBritish Lop Pigs

The rarest of native pigs with only 300 sows alive.

Bred from a Cornwall and Devon pig in the 1880s, they are very docile, good mothers and produce excellent pork and bacon.

We do not castrate, dock the tails or clip the teeth of our piglets and the sows give birth on straw.

Download our British Lop History Sheet

Enthusiasts can find more information on the British Lop Pig Society website.

 

Chickens

Marsh Daisy HenWe have various rare breed chickens including Marsh Daisy, Ixworth, Light Sussex. We have featured a couple here.

Marsh Daisy - created around 1920 in Southport, we breed the Brown Marsh Daisy which is one of the rarest breeds.

They are moderate layers of small eggs but they are one of the friendliest chickens around. Perhaps only 100 left.

Ixworth Hen

 

Ixworth - Developed in 1932 in Suffolk as a utility breed, these chickens are good layers of very large eggs and produce quality, tarty meat.

Still a rare breed but, thankfully, more common now with perhaps 500 birds alive.

 

 

Lottie

LottieAnd then there is Lottie. Our orphan lamb was born spring 2007 which was our first experience of lambing, she lived in our house for 3 months!  She is an Oxford Down/Suffolk cross but she thought she was a dog rather than a sheep as she spent much of her time with Nelson our labrador. 

Her nickname is 'Houdini' as she was always escaping and ending up at our back door.  Consequently Liz is very attached to her and she will live out her days on the farm.