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Devon Association of Smallholders

109 Living with Livestock - an introduction to sheep, pigs and cattle
Venue: Northlew, near Hatherleigh EX20 3PS
Cost: £75 (£95 for Non-members)
Tutor: Debbie Kingsley and Andrew Hubbard
Course type: Classroom & practical hands-on
Provided: Tea & coffee provided.
What you need to bring: Bring a packed lunch, outdoor clothes, clean wellies, waterproofs and a change of clothes if it looks like rain.

Who is this course designed for?

Are you thinking about taking on some livestock for the first time? Are you uncertain which animal or breed is for you? Do you want to move beyond books and dreams and spend a day with experienced livestock keepers who can give you an insight that will help you make some initial decisions? Are you wavering between taking on a house cow, calves for beef or a small suckler herd? Fancy having some weaners to provide you with amazing pork and bacon or a few ewes to graze your land or produce fabulous lamb? If so, this might just be one of the best days you've spent in a while.

The course will cover the following:

Having livestock is a big responsibility and ensuring sound animal welfare is a must for all smallholders. This course gives you the opportunity to consider what it really means to have sheep, pigs and cows. You will get to grips with the pleasures and pains of all three species, so that you end the day with a clearer idea of what animal and breed might best suit you and your land.

  • Introductions: what are your livestock ambitions?
  • The legal bits and associated paperwork for sheep, pigs and cattle and prepping for the abattoir
  • Sheep walk and talk: the shepherd’s year, choosing your breed, care and welfare, handling and housing, feeding, fencing, breeding and lambing
  • Grab a cuppa
  • Pig walk and talk: the pigkeeper’s year, choosing your breed, care and welfare, handling and housing, feeding, fencing, breeding and farrowing
  • Lunch
  • Cattle walk and talk: the cattlekeeper’s year, choosing your breed, care and welfare, handling and housing, feeding, fencing, breeding and calving
  • Q+A for any questions that still need an answer

Training Officer: Carolyn McAllister
The Retreat, Highampton, BEAWORTHY, EX21 5JJ
email: training@devonsmallholders.co.uk
Phone: 07737 055 618

Pay by faster payments:
Bank Account Name: DASH
Bank Account Number: 31351460
Bank Sort Code: 77-09-21
Bank: Lloyds
Reference: your membership
number and course number

Cheques can be sent to:
DASH Training
The Retreat
EX21 5JJ
Make cheques payable to Devon Association of Smallholders

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07737 055 618

Please note: If for any reason you need to cancel your place on a course, 2 weeks notice prior to the course date will be required to receive a full refund. If you have reserved a place, please make sure we receive payment 3 weeks before the course (6 weeks for non-members). Thank you.

Most of our courses are aimed at adults and are quite intensive, so they are not aimed at children. If you would like to bring a child on a course please discuss it with the training manager before booking. It is assumed that bookings you make are for adults. Only people who have paid the course fee are allowed at the training venue. Do not bring pets or other animals to the training venue unless you are required to do so as part of the course. Most venues are working smallholdings and dogs or other animals (even if left in your car) are disruptive and compromise biosecurity.