If you are interested in learning how to look after livestock and grow crops on a small scale, then this course is designed for you. The course covers soil and grassland management, the cornerstones of a smallholding. Vegetables and plant production from the field and protected cropping is covered, as well as each of the livestock classes: cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry. Current legislation and welfare issues are looked at. There will be the opportunity to visit local smallholdings as part of the course.
Soils and cultivation
Growing grass and crops
Making hay and silage
Producing crops under cover
Cattle rearing will include breeds, signs of health and safe handling
Pig husbandry will cover breeds, moving and housing
Sheep husbandry will look at handling, foot trimming, breeding and health
Poultry includes feeding, housing and incubators
Land-based machinery selection and use.
Interest and enthusiasm in farming, food and the countryside.
Full Time Agriculture courses or other Part Time courses such as Beekeeping, ATVs, Welding, Practical Lambing, Brushcutters
Running your own smallholding