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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 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 8th April 2017
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 1st April 2017
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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Next course on 6th May 2017
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...
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Next course on 19th February 2017
Beekeeping for Beginners Tutor: Simon Cousins - bees This course is an introduction to the subject of beekeeping with Simon Cousins, a humourous and well-informed expert. The emphasis is on the practical aspects of bee-keeping and is designed for beginners. We will have a look at some beehives but not the inhabitants on this occasion. Students will learn how to set up an apiary, what equipment to buy, the terminology, life cycle of the bee,...
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Next course on 14th May 2017
This course takes place over an afternoon. It is designed only for those who have attended our Beekeeping for Beginners course, or had some previous experience. You will dress up in full beekeeping kit and visit Simon Cousin's beehives at Assington Mill to open them up and find the queen bee, the drones and the workers, and their respective cells. Over tea and honey cake, you will be able to ask Simon all the questions...
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Next course on 5th April 2017
Beekeeping for beginners and improvers Four evening sessions followed by a 24 week course. Please feel free to contact us for more information
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One day introduction taster to Beekeeping, aimed at anyone interested in starting beekeeping, but unsure if they want to commit to a full course. We welcome local residents and visitors to North Wales. The Taster Days make a very popular present, and can be combined with a short break in Conwy, with its World Heritage Town Walls and Castle. This course only runs a couple of times a year so please contact us for the...
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An introduction to the principles of beekeeping over the course of a weekend. The course focuses on beekeeping the natural way and will cover: the colony and how it works; the hive and beekeeping ‘year’; swarming; and how to negotiate problems with your bees. Participants will also have a chance to have hands on involvement with bees. In association with New Quay Honey Farm.