The steep, rocky sections of Pigeon Hill have not carried stock for 20 years. The property on the North slope is now covered by a Trust for Nature covenant to protect its growing biodiversity but the other titles also cover extensive paddocks suitable for farming. The problem for these owners was that they needed to earn a living while, at the same time, they were responsible for conserving the inaccessible, rocky slopes of the Hill.
Large-scale sheepfarming is no longer possible on the reduced size of the Pigeon Hill properties. A diversity of farming activities now occur on the restored paddocks at the foot of the Hill. First there was the Maldon Cherry Farm, then came a racehorse agistment; sheep and cattle followed, in smaller, controlled herds, guarded by alpacas. Goats were introduced but again these were in small numbers, in fenced paddocks with the aim of more intensive production.