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Animal husbandry courses

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).

North Yorkshire
Would you like to learn something a little bit different using our wonderful alpaca fleece? Come and meet the alpacas and learn all about them on our alpaca needle felt workshop ran by the amazing Carol Lonsdale where you will make your own felted alpaca to take home (not a real one!) Bring a packed lunch and your wellies and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Yarm, North Yorkshire.
Lincolnshire - Next course on 8th July 2019
This is a half day course where you will learn how to make your own ribbon based dog collar, choose from a selection of our designs. All materials included, basic sewing skills ideal. For courses from July onwards a hot drink is included on arrival, a voucher to use in the cafe for 'elevenses' and a voucher to use towards purchases afterwards in 'Fabric Corner'. We will cut the initial pattern through to the final...
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...
East Sussex - Next course on 21st June 2019
A 3 hour morning course discussing chicken keeping. Learn about the pleasures and perils of keeping hens in your garden, their suitability as pets and the joys of having your own fresh free-range eggs. What you need to know if you are just setting up and their care needs. A follow-on course is held in the afternoon, covering caring for your chickens. If both courses are booked for the same day we provide a complimentary...
East Sussex - Next course on 21st June 2019
A 3 hour afternoon course - both a practical and theory session. The more you handle your chickens the more friendly they become. Some people plan to spend a lot of time with their hens and others simply like to know how to handle them should it become necessary. This course is aimed at all chicken keepers wishing to feel confident that they can carry out a basic health check, caring for and handling their...
Hampshire - Next course on 7th October 2019
This 7 week evening course gives the underpinning knowledge for keeping honeybees and understanding their needs. It will also cover what you need to consider when buying equipment, siting your apiary and obtaining your bees as well as the volunteer support structure which exists through British Beekeeping. The 2 hour sessions are a mixture of powerpoint lecture and physically going through a 'mock up' hive. There will also be a Saturday or Sunday session going...
Wiltshire - Next course on 24th August 2019
Join us on our farm for a one day course designed to give you the knowledge and experience to decide if keeping goats is for you! Or, perhaps you have had goats in the past and want to brush up on your skills and understanding of these very unique and rewarding animals. The day will be a combination of time spent inside talking and discussing all things goats and plenty of time outside getting hands-on...
Lincolnshire - Next course on 1st July 2019
This is a half day course where you will learn how to make your own fully lined slide over the collar dog bandana, choose from a selection of our fabrics in one of five sizes All materials included, basic sewing skills ideal but not a must. We will cut the initial pattern through to the final stitch. Please register your interest. Small groups welcome and we cater for parties on alternative dates (Max 8) Diane...
East Sussex - Next course on 29th June 2019
This is an opportunity to draw hens, cockerels and ducks in the garden in a relaxed and informal setting as they free range. We will look at the birds in detail to start with, and try different media and techniques. All materials are provided but you are welcome to bring your own resources if you have a particular favourite! Suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced artists, and I will give guidance as...
North Yorkshire - Next course on 5th October 2019
This is a brief but comprehensive introduction to the working horse aimed at interested novices. Use and handling of the horse will be demonstrated, and trainees may move to hands-on experience if they wish. Emphasis throughout will be on animal welfare and safe working practice. Topics to be covered are: Introduction to the horse, discussion of care, grooming, feeding, etc. Demonstration of harnessing. Discussion of draught collar, function and application. Demonstration of New England D-ring...

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