Cow & Sheep Courses

The aim of this course is to give all the necessary information you will need before making a decision whether you do want to purchase either sheep or cattle. Both of these livestock (cows particularly) represent a significant increase in both time & money in comparison to chickens or even pigs. Think carefully & plan ahead before making this commitment

My Jersey cow

Pepsi - my British White show cow

Course Details will cover – Cattle

  • The difference between keeping Dairy, Beef or Store Cattle
  • The time commitment & facilities needed for each of these types of cattle
  • Breed selection for Dairy & Beef
  • Practical Cattle handling and set up of an effective system
  • Winter accommodation, barns & yards
  • Feeding – Summer/Winter : Hay, Silage & Feed Concerntrates
  • Poisonous trees & plants
  • Healthcare & specific worming programs
  • Breeding, use of a bull versus A.I
  • Signs of bullying, prids & induced injections explained
  • Calving, how to prepare & what to do
  • Suitable machinery to produce hay/silage, storing & moving straw for bedding
  • Control of waste, deep litter & manure spreading
  • Cow body language & psychology (herd instinct)
  • Halter training & discipline
  • Fencing & Gates
  • Stock Density & land suitability

The idea of having a milking house cow , seems to be at the core of the smallholders dream. Typically the Jersey cow forfills that role perfectly, producing a high buttermilk content and is docile in nature. However it will have to be milked every day on a rigid schedule.

Course Details will cover – Sheep

  • Appropriate breed selection for your land
  • Commercial or rare breeds, maybe even milking sheep
  • Where to buy your sheep and how many
  • A sheep dog or ‘bucket’ friendly sheep to round them up!
  • Sheep handling facilities
  • Sheep shearing – machine or hand, rolling fleece, felt making
  • Disease control – worms, flystrike, footrot, scab orf & scours
  • Feeding – Summer/Winter & housing
  • Sheep terminology – wether, hogget, ewe lamb etc
  • Practical experience – Turning a sheep, foot trimming, dagging, injections & drenches
  • Body condition scoring & teeth growth
  • Poisonous plants
  • Stock density, worming & grassland management
  • Halter training
  • Ewes, rams, tupping & lambing and lamb aftercare

sheep in snow 2010

Courses start at 9am until 5pm and include a cooked lunch, tea & coffee are available throughout the day. If you want a momento you can buy a specially printed T-shirt or mug to remember your day. Having sampling rare breed pork for lunch you can also purchase joints, chops, sausages & bacon.