Arundel Farm offers ethically farmed products and reinvests
to fortify the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem.

Arundel Farm has been run by the Hume family since 1894.

The Hume family first arrived in Tasmania in 1823. James Hume, a merchant, tried his hand at distilling and tanning before moving to Piccaninny Point on the East Coast, where he and his wife Martha started farming. The family moved to the Derwent Valley in 1894.

The farm site was settled by Europeans in 1820 and named Arundel by John Cawthorn, the original title holder. Prior to European settlement, the area was home to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, the Big River Tribe.

Now, Arundel farm is run by Fiona and Stockman Mat Bone. Arundel farm is a mixed operation consisting of Cormo sheep for wool production, cross-bred ewes for prime lamb production, a small herd of black Angus cattle and Australia’s largest flock of heritage English leicester sheep.

Location & Terroir

Arundel Farm is located in the Derwent Valley, 54kms NW of Hobart, on the Derwent River. It comprises some of Tasmania’s best fertile alluvial soils as well as volcanic basalt soils. The farm is located in the village of Macquarie Plains, just across the river from Bushy Park. From the farm, Mt Field National Park and the Wellington Range can be viewed. Hot, dry summers and crisp, cold winters characterize the valley but nothing moreso than the stunningly gorgeous colours and mood of autumn.


In addition to running the farm, Fiona has 26 years experience working as an ecologist, including stints in Antarctica and Macquarie Island. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Ornithology and conducts seasonal field surveys of threatened bird species such as the swift parrot.

In 1989, Fiona instigated a program of tree planting to provide shelter for stock but also to provide habitat for birds and other native wildlife.

Since then, thousands of trees have been planted to facilitate biodiversity and to help global climate.

Both the white bellied sea eagle and wedge tailed eagle occasionally nest at Arundel. Swift parrots are sometimes seen on the farm, feeding on blue gum flower in our shelterbelts. Many endemic Tasmanian bird species can be found here including the dusky robin, the yellow wattle bird, the green rosella, the yellow throated honey eater, the black headed honeyeater and the Tasmanian native hen.

Several threatened mammal species occur at Arundel, including the Tasmanian devil, the eastern and spotted tailed quolls and the eastern-barred bandicoot.

Sustainable farming

In the 1950’s after a century of land clearing for agriculture, efforts were taken to plant some trees on what had become an extremely barren farm. A few small rows of pine trees were planted in several paddocks, which made a difference by providing shelter to stock, however, this was not really satisfactory.

At Arundel Farm, we consider ourselves custodians, nurturing the land for future generations. It is a responsibility we do not take lightly.

We have been planting annually since 1989, either establishing new shelter belts or replanting in existing sites. In 2018 and 2019, we worked with Greening Australia, who have planted thousands of native trees and shrubs along paddock edges. We are getting closer to our goal of having shelterbelts/ biodiversity habitat in every paddock.

Not only are our sheep and cattle happier and more comfortable with winter shelter and summer shade, but native birds and mammals are also using the habitat.

Ethical practices

All animals on the farm are treated ethically and humanely, we have a high standard of animal welfare.

During lambing season, we check our ewes and lambs once to twice daily depending on the needs of the stock. We assist ewes with their lamb deliveries as required. We are improving our pastures through better grazing practices and rotation methods, so that pastures have time to recover and regenerate.

We are thrilled to announce that our Arundel Farm Lamb is a Gold Medallist in this year's Delicious Harvey Norman Produce Awards.

Ethically farmed products

Lamb and hogget boxes are available seasonally. Hogget is an ‘older’ lamb that is approximately a year old; it has the tender qualities of lamb, paired with a fuller flavour. Mutton is also available at various times throughout the year. Mutton is from mature sheep. The meat has a darker appearance and a much stronger flavour.

Heritage breed English leicester lamb and hogget is available from April through to August.

Prime lamb (Southdown, White Suffolk and Texel/Suffolk) is available from November through to July.

Lamb boxes will be available at particular times depending on the season and the availability of lambs.

Our sheep are transported to our local abattoir, a five minute drive from the farm. Upon slaughter, carcasses are hung for 9 days before butchering. Lamb boxes will comprise a butchered whole lamb, approximately 16 to 20 kgs. Our meat is packaged in simple plastic bags rather than Cryovaced. We will be transitioning to compostable packaging shortly. All cuts of meat are labelled. 

Our meat will be delivered to your door or to a drop-off point in Hobart, by Fiona. Whole sheep are also available. A $10.00 to $20.00 delivery fee will be charged for deliveries beyond Hobart.

Our next round of lamb boxes will be available in November 2020.

Fine lamb box

2 shoulders (as whole shoulders, minced or forequarter chops)
2 legs
4 shanks
2 rib plates
Chops: neck, chump, loin and cutlets

($10 extra for mince)

Sublime lamb box

2 shoulders (as whole shoulders, minced or forequarter chops)
2 legs butterflied
4 shanks
2 rib plates
2 frenched racks
Neck chops
Chump: 1 rump and 1 chump chop
Tenderloin: 2 fillet
Loin: 1 chop, 1 backstrap

($10 extra for mince)

To order a lamb box, please send us a message in the form below. Do specify whether you would like a Fine or Sublime lamb box. Delivery or pick up times and bank transfer payment details will be sent out on receipt of order. If you simply want to get in touch or find out more about our sheepskins, send us a message - we'd love to hear from you!

Sheepskins with Attitude

When heritage breed English Leicester sheep are slaughtered at our local abattoir, their skins are collected, salted and tanned on farm. Approximately 100 sheepskins are tanned annually and available for sale. Skins can be purchased at our Arundel Farm Open Days (next one in autumn 2021) or we can arrange private sales. Price ranges from $300 - $500.

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