December’s Newsletter

February 7, 2023

Thank you so much!
A big thankyou to all of our customers for all the Christmas gifts you gave our milkmen over the Christmas period! They were all greatly appreciated, not just by the milkmen, but also all the rest of the team here on the farm who make sure our service to you is top notch, even when we had freezing conditions as happened just before Christmas. The arctic cold snap we had froze a few pipes, and made for very dodgy hazardous conditions for our milkmen making their deliveries. Very pleased to report all our customers received their milk despite the snow and ice.

On the Farm
The wet weather continues! We’re getting through quite a bit of bedding straw as a result. Bedding the calves and cows lasts longer when the weather is dry. We currently have around 200 sheep from a nearby farmer grazing our fields on the marsh. They come here each winter. It gives the sheep farmer’s own land a rest, which is good for parasite control, and they also do a great job levelling out our fields, fertilizing them, and eating the grass plant down lower than cattle would. This encourages the grass plant to grow more vigorously in the spring. The sheep leave the farm at the end of January, giving the grass at least a couple of months to grow lovely new grass leaves ready for the cows when they are turned back out to graze, speaking of which………..

Turn Out Day will be on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April the 10th!

Don’t miss out on this fantastic day on the farm. The annual Turn Out Day is now quite an established Hailsham event. Last year saw over a thousand visitors come to the farm to see how much it means for our cows and youngstock to go back out onto grass again after having been in for the winter.  Tickets are available on the Hook and Son website,

The day will also include tractor and trailer rides around the farm, a B B Q, and a Farmers Market in the field. 

Another Date for your diary, April 23rd, The Mad Marsh Run is BACK!   

Set on the farm, the course takes in the very western edge of the beautiful Pevensey Levels, with amazing views across the marsh. It is a course that takes you away from any sign of civilization as you experience the unique beauty of such an open, untouched peaceful landscape. Taking part is an incredible way to experience the wonderful Pevensey Levels. We are thrilled to hold this event again. Not only will the 2023 Mad Marsh Run have the same 10km course, it will also now include a new 5km run!  This new 5km course will have the same challenging fun natural obstacles and lovely views, it just means you won’t have to run so far! There are also spectator tickets available, for those who are supporting runners, or just want a great day out on the Pevensey Levels watching people trying to jump ditches! There will be a Bar B Q on the day with Hook and Son burgers, and tractor and trailer rides offering a ‘hop on – hop off’ service for spectators around the course. For something a bit different, it’s a great day out!
We are also looking for volunteers to help steward the event. If you would like to help out on the day, please get in touch.
The event will be held on Sunday 23rd April. Easy to remember, Shakespeare’s birthday and  St Georges Day! For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the website
We are also looking for volunteers to be involved with the event, to help with car parking, and stewards for the ditch jumps and course obstacles. Please get in touch if you would like to become involved.We have two vacancies at Hook and Son
We currently are looking for production staff and for someone to do a farmers market in London on Sundays. If you are a hard working team player, and would love to be part of the Hook and Son team, please contact the office for further information.

Frozen Beef Offer
We are also currently running a promotion on our beef. We’re offering a 25% discount on our frozen beef. Do get in touch if you would like to place an order. Most cuts, steaks and joints are available.

Thank you for all your support for our farm!

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