Basic goat keeping
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About the Course
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 cleaned if they have been.
You will need to bring things to have for lunch but we supply tea and coffee (as and when we remember and it fits in!)
On BASIC DAYS we try to cover as many topics as possible and tailor them to the questions you ask on the day. Some of the things we discuss are, basic handling, legalities, drenching, worming, injecting, medicines, foot trimming, feeding , fields, fencing, buildings etc. Choosing and breeding meat goats, meat and marketing. With practical hands on sessions in as much of this as possible.
KIDDING DAYS (march/april only) cover all aspects of breeding season from pre tupping through to the first few days of a kids life – We do not guarantee you see a kidding but we do plan the days for our busiest times to give the best possible chance.
You are supplied with notes for the course but are welcome to take more, photos and videos (for your own use) if you wish.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All equipment you need to use on the day is provided as are handouts/note sheets.
We offer an ongoing advice service for course attendees to help them get started with their own herd.
Certain equipment used on the course can be purchased from us as you go forward with your own herd.