Hands on 24 hour lambing course at All in a Spin

Duration: Two days (24 hours 12 noon - 12 noon)

Price: £175

Run by: Dunja Roberts
at All in a Spin

01874 730907

Pen Y Caeau Farm

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About the Course

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 by a hearty farmhouse lunch. Then it’s time for a ‘theory’ session to give you some background knowledge on sheep management pre, post and during lambing. The rest of the course will be highly practical, when you will help with the care of ewes and lambs before, during and after lambing. You are welcome to take part in the night shift if you wish for a flavour of genuine farming life.

If you are thinking of buying your first sheep, or if you already keep some and would like to know more about this aspect of managing them, the native breed pedigree sheep of Pen Y Caeau Farm would love to be your teachers.

Please bring warm clothes, wellington boots and waterproofs in case of bad weather, and for the night shift.

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?

Comprehensive course notes are provided on this highly practical-based course where you will have ample opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with caring for the ewes and lambs.

Shared accommodation is in our lovely 4* holiday cottage annexe to the main farmhouse or in the Studio and all meals are included i.e. cooked farmhouse lunch on arrival, hearty supper, cooked breakfast and plenty of refreshments in-between to keep your energy levels up!

Maximum number of participants: 4.

Booking via telephone or through my website.

NOTE: It is not advisable for pregnant women to have contact with ewes which are lambing or have recently lambed due to the very small risk of contracting disease. Please consult the NHS website for guidance notes on lambing and pregnancy.

Want to review this course?

Thank you to Dunja and Brian for such an instructive weekend. My favourite bit was delivering one of the twin lambs. We had comprehensive instruction on the types of problems that can occur before and after lambing and how to deal with those problems backed up with real life examples such as passing a tube and bottle feeding a newborn lamb. Brian also treated us to a sheepdog demonstration. Dunja's cooking was excellent-Shepherd's pie!!! Lovely welsh lamb! I love the cottage with it's views always inspiring!
I feel I need to do the sheep husbandry course now! Hope to see you again soon!

- - #4786

Thank you Dunja and Brian for a really excellent weekend. The course was really well structured and thought through, with just the right balance of theory to practical. The opportunity to take part in the night shift gave me a real insight into farming life and I applaud Brian for answering all of my questions even at 3am on very little sleep! One of my favourite experiences was helping a newborn lamb to take his first suckle from mum - truly magical. The accommodation is first rate and Dunja's cooking is not to be missed.

Thanks to both your expert guidance I now feel confident in starting my own flock.

- - #4762

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Course Start Dates

Wednesday 4th April 2018
Thursday 5th April 2018
Friday 6th April 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018

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