Sheep Keeping Course (14:00-18:00)

Sheep Keeping Course (14:00-18:00)

The Shepherd’s year – This course if designed to give you information on the basics of sheep keeping over the course of a typical year. Whether you are just thinking of getting sheep or have already purchased some, this course will give you all the information you need to successfully manage your flock. The course will include information on health, housing, handling, feeding, breeding and how to choose the right breed for you.

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Smallholding - The Basics (10:00-17:00)

Smallholding - The Basics (10:00-17:00)

This course is designed to give you basic information on setting up a smallholding to become more self-sufficient by raising your own animals and growing your own food. We will tour the farm seeing the different animals such as the pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. Subjects include land management, paperwork requirements, tools and equipment, livestock selection and needs, fencing and grow your own fruit and vegetables.

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Chicken keeping course (10.00-13.00)

Chicken keeping course (10.00-13.00)

Would you like to keep your own chickens but not sure where to start? Well, this is the course for you. We will provide you with all the information you need to keep your own chickens. You will learn about their daily routine, housing requirements, nutritional needs, basic healthcare advice, disease prevention, how to choose the right breed for your needs and predator protection. We can even teach you how to incubate, hatch and raise your own chickens from eggs.

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Grow your own course (10:00-13:00)

Grow your own course (10:00-13:00)

Want to learn how to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home? Whether you have a little corner or a large garden, we can tailor the course to suit your needs. Let us show you our vegetable patch and give you ideas, hints and tips as to how you can create your own edible garden at home. We will show you different ways and methods of creating your growing space including raised beds, permaculture, greenhouse growing and straw bale gardening for you to decide which method works best for your situation. 

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Animal management and welfare - half day course (2pm to 6pm)

Animal management and welfare - half day course (2pm to 6pm)

Good welfare leads to excellent health and production. Understanding behaviour allows us to pre-empt problems. Learn how to work in harmony with each species’ five basic needs to provide an optimal environment in which your animals will thrive. We will cover the basic requirements for health, nutrition, environment, sociability and behaviour for domestic ruminants, poultry and carnivores. You’ll learn how to appraise behaviour and body language as early indicators of health issues. Meet the animals, including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. Option to specialize in goats or chickens on request.

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