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Devon Association of Smallholders

Courses are only available to members. Non-members should join DASH by following this link. If your membership has lapsed you can renew here.

85 Goat Husbandry
Venue: Bounds Cross near Holsworthy EX22 6LJ
Cost: £80 including a free copy of Peter's book
Tutor: Peter Oldfield
Provided: Tea/coffee provided.
What you need to bring: Please wear suitable/work clothes and clean wellies, bring packed lunch.

Who is this course designed for?

If you're just starting out or want to learn before buying your goats, this course is for you.

The course will cover the following:

For a great day of fun

Learn about dairy,meat, pet, and fibre goats, meet some of the friendliest, pottiest goats, that are guaranteed to charm you with their antics.


  • The different breeds of goat
  • Housing goats
  • Feeding adult goats and kids
  • The common diseases and disorders associated with goats
  • Breeding goats

We will join the goats in the barn to learn how to handle a goat, how to tell when a goat is ill or needs help, and how to treat them with drenches, injections, pour ons etc. How to hoof trim, and how to milk. We will examine what to look for in a quality animal, what to avoid and why. With lots of hands on work we will come to an understanding of the animals world.

After a break for lunch, we will go through the 5 freedoms of animal welfare, as they apply to dairy goats.

Everyone gets a free copy of 'Goatkeeping without the nonsense' .

£40 for children aged 12-15 (All children to be accompanied by a fee paying adult).

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
Higher Worthygate
Horns Cross
EX39 5EA
Make cheques payable to Devon Association of Smallholders

To book your place on a course please email to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk

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.