On this day course we intend to show what cattle keeping is really all about. Give you hands-on experience and answer your questions so you can start to become familiar with the realities of having cattle on your smallholding and feel confident about pursuing the smallholding dream.
Over the last 14 years we have built and managed a successful smallholding (while remaining in full-time employment and raising two children). Our knowledge and experiences covers cattle, pigs, sheep and chickens as well as how to deal with the paperwork.
10.00: Refreshments and introductions. What do you want out of smallholding and what do you want out of your day with us?
Setting-up a cattle enterprise. DEFRA rules and regulations.
Tools and equipment. Handtools, tractors and trailers. Fencing and grassland managent. Vets.
Cattle. Meet our cattle. Learn about buying, housing, feeding, handling and breeding.
Abattoirs, butchering and marketing your produce. Final questions and answers.
4.00: Course ends.
Lunch (made with our home-reared highland beef) is included.
The course is limited to eight people. Please bring outdoor clothes, wellies, and waterproofs if it looks like rain.
£95 per person including lunch, refreshments and a copy of lecture notes. Discounts for couples.
Contact us to arrange a date that suits. Course will run on Saturdays and Sundays. Dates will be finalised as we make every effort to accommodate applicants preferred dates.
Location: The course will run on and around our smallholding at Northwood/Whixall near Wem.