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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).

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Next course on 10th June 2017
Basic Beekeeping at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture. Course participants will gain an understanding of the bee’s lifestyle, individual duties and contribution to the colony’s life and development. You will learn how to identify the Queen, Worker and male Drone bee before selecting equipment and suitable locations for hives. General...
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Next course on 23rd September 2017
How can we ensure the survival of honey bees? This weekend Course on sustainable beekeeping is run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley.  The Course covers the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. Course content: Meet the bees - a hands-on look at honey bee colonies housed in different hives The natural life-cycle of honey bees - bee biology and ecology Being a...
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Next course on 28th October 2017
Taxidermy - A Mouse In A Day Tutor: Jools Abbey The art of taxidermy is in preparing, stuffing and then mounting the skins of animals for display. These could be as hunting trophies, or for museum use or maybe the preservation of a beloved pet. Taxidermy is a Greek word for "arrangement of skin". On this one-day course you will learn the basic art using a mouse. Don't worry, it will have been bought from...
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Next course on 17th June 2017
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...
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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...
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Next course on 29th September 2017
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...
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Next course on 18th June 2017
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...
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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...
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Badgers Tutor: Bob Cowlin Time: 4.00 - 10.30 (depending on the badgers/weather) Spend an afternoon and evening learning about the life cycle and habits of badgers, how to tell a badger sett from a rabbit hole and how to watch them in the wild. The course starts off with an illustrated talk, followed by a two hour leisurely walk over the beautiful rough country around Assington Mill farm where you will be shown identifying features...
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Courses run monthly in the summer from Saturday to Sunday, 10 am to 4.30 pm. For course availability please get in touch. Deposit to reserve a place - £50 per person. (Balance 6 weeks before course.) The tutor The course tutor is Charles Millar. Having escaped the corporate world he is now a freelance management consultant and apostle for the joys of beekeeping.. He has been keeping bees with great enthusiasm for 12 years., and...