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Rosuick Farm, Cornwall

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Rosuick Farm, Cornwall

Rosuick Farm is a 240 hectare organic holding nestling is a picturesque valley on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. The farm has a herd of Welsh black cattle, chickens, Gloucester old-spot pigs, and a mixed flock of Dorset and Suffolk ewes. A herd of seven camels are also kept for trekking on the Goonhilly Downs.

History

Rosuick has been in the Oates family since the 1700’s and now the sixth generation lives here. It has always been farmed traditionally, growing sufficient corn and root crops to support its animals. The old barns, including the thatched corn chamber and house, are Grade II listed. Rosuick can also be found in the Doomsday Book.

Organic livestock

The farm has 50 Welsh Black cows, a hardy beef breed which graze the nature reserve of Goonhilly Downs on land managed by English Nature. They have plenty of scope to wander and can graze a wide variety of herbs and grasses to enhance their diet. The 120 ewes graze the pastures around the farm and lamb all year round in order to supply the farm shop. Nine sows are also kept with two flocks of chicken -150 black rock hens for eggs and 150 white hens for meat.

Wildlife

Wildlife conservation is a high priority and ponds have been added and woods carefully managed to enhance the environment. The Downs also offer a wonderful environment for walking and enjoying the rare plants such as the early purple orchids and heathers. Rare Natters bats and occasional hen harriers are found on the farm.

Farm shop

The farm shop sells all the home-produced organic meats – beef, lamb, pork, and chicken. Homemade sausages and burgers and dry cured bacon and ham. Cheese and dairy products are from local farms. Wool from the sheep, either as fleece or as spun and naturally dyed yarn, are available together with bark-tanned sheepskin rugs. Local arts and crafts, from paintings to pots, are also available. The farm shop is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Camel trekking, visits and accommodation

Camel trekking is a new enterprise on the farm which will take you over the wild Goonhilly Downs. Self-catering cottages are all in their own private grounds with access to the tennis court and farm trail. Group and school visits are welcome by arrangement. The area is of outstanding natural beauty, near to the coast and Helford River, ideal for summer holidays and winter breaks with a log fire.  

How to get there 

Take the B3293 from Helston to St Keverne, passing Goonhilly ‘Telstar’ Station to the Traboe crossroads. Turn left here and follow to Traboe for the farm shop, or take the next two right turns for the farm, accommodation and camel trekking.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

Contact details   

  • Chris and Jan Oates, Rosuick Farm, St. Martin, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6DZ  
  • T: 01326 231302 or 01326 231119         
  • www.cornishcamels.com  
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