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Courses and workshops in keeping poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, quails and turkeys), pigs, goats, heavy horses and donkeys. Bees too! Learn the skills you need to care for and raise these animals properly. The course may cover skills such as foot care, feeding, breeding, rearing, ploughing, using a harness and cart (for the horses and donkeys).

Shropshire - Next course on 16th September 2018
Working with Donkeys at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Dusty, a rescued seaside donkey, joined the farm in 2002. He is a very useful working animal around the farm, pulling the tip cart and a range of light machinery for ground work – his small hooves can be a real advantage! During this half-day course with resident waggoner, Simon, you will learn how to care for a donkey and how to harness up and prepare...
Powys - Next course on 4th April 2018
This 24 hour course (12 noon on Day 1 to 12 noon on Day 2) gives you plenty of opportunity to get ‘hands on’ in the lambing shed under the expert guidance of experienced shepherds Brian and Dunja Roberts on our hill farm in the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park near Crickhowell. After settling in to your accommodation in our 4* holiday cottage on the farm you will be introduced to the farm layout followed...
Shropshire - Next course on 28th September 2018
Ploughing with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Learn the basics of ploughing, including how to harness a pair of heavy horses and prepare the plough for work in the field in this in-depth two day course (course runs Friday/Saturday). Through hands-on experience, you will develop an understanding of the basic settings for ploughing a field with two horses. Suitable for beginners, with a maximum of four participants per course. This course is...
Shropshire - Next course on 19th May 2018
Working with Heavy Horses at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Spend the day learning how to care for heavy horses and how to work with them. You will start by grooming one of Acton Scott’s heavy horses, understanding the importance of foot care, feeding regimes and general horse husbandry. You will then learn how to put the harness on Charlie or Joe before taking him out into the fields to begin driving a cart and...
Shropshire - Next course on 28th April 2018
Poultry Keeping - morning course with tutor Alex Logan at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This comprehensive, practical course is designed to show that keeping hens and ducks is not only pleasurable but also quite straightforward. All aspects of care, housing and breeding are covered including breed selection for eggs and/ or meat, feeding, common ailments and diseases, incubation and rearing chicks, hen keeping and the law. It was a visit to Acton Scott that...
This one day course is designed for you to discover whether alpacas are for you. We cover topics from how to choose the right alpacas for you, what routine care is required, what medications are commonly used, their nutritional needs, how to spot signs of ill-health, together with plenty of hands-on experience with these enchanting animals. To ensure that everyone gets the most out of our course the numbers are restricted to a maximum of...
This course is run within the UK's longest established quality meat goat herd based in Cockerham, Lancashire. We run from 9.15 am to 4 pm (unless a goat is mid kidding when we continue) and try to cover as much as possible in the day. You would need to bring wellies or boots, waterproofs and warm clothes as appropriate and we ask that none of these have been on another farm or have been well...
Shropshire - Next course on 22nd September 2018
Introduction to Keeping Pigs at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. This one day course introduces participants to the processes and legislation that apply to Keeping pigs from eight weeks to slaughter. We will cover buying, housing and rearing weaner pigs including feeding and basic health checks. Participants will gain the knowledge and confidence to start keeping pigs for meat. Tutors: Noelle Wilson & Sue Bayliss Noelle has taught land based subjects in a variety of...
Shropshire - Next course on 5th May 2018
The course will provide an in-depth understanding on the squirrel’s life cycle, behaviour and preferred habitat to aid effective management. The course will balance a healthy respect of this fascinating animal with the need to manage numbers to a sustainable level. The course will cover how to identify and monitor damage to assess population and establish a management plan.
Essex - Next course on 28th October 2018
This workshop uses the techniques involved in human portraiture, but with a couple more thrown in. All people are built on the same lines, and only vary slightly from person to person. Pets, however, are made in all sizes and have many different shapes of face. The basic approach, then, is the same as for humans … but slightly more varied. If you’re looking to paint a pet portrait as opposed to just painting an...