Cattle for beginners: a one day course                                                      Follow southyeofarm on Twitter

"The technique of gently immersing us in knowledge and enthusiasm was highly effective - I was delighted by how much we had covered by the end of the day, and very impressed by how you weaved in information to cater for our diverse individual needs." MJ, Dorset


Who would benefit from this course?
Are you thinking about taking on a small herd of cattle or rearing a few calves for beef? Have you just brought home your first cows and need guidance?  Do you want to spend a day with cattle and people who will share their deep affection and appreciation of their herd to give you a real feel for what it's like to have cattle of your own?  This day will deal with the practicalities, the pleasures, the legalities and the needs of cattle so that you go away far more confident about making those first choices.

Course content: This one day course will give you the opportunity to consider what it really means to have cattle of your own. We will cover choosing the right cow(s) for you, getting ready to bring your first cow home and settling them into their new routine, the daily routine and other less regular tasks, keeping yourself and your cows safe, essential equipment, cattle housing and muck management, when to bring in a specialist, breeding, calving, Bovine TB, handling and moving your cattle, feeding, the healthy cow, cattle passports, ear tagging, and other legal requirements and record keeping. Much of the day will be spent outside with our wonderful suckler herd of Devon Rubies.

  • 9.30am Introductions and your cow hopes
  • Finding, selecting and bringing home your first cows
  • Equipment, housing, the routine and other tasks, fencing, grazing, forage
  • The legal stuff: movement requirements, ear tagging, cattle passports, medicine records & more
  • Lunch and discussion on TB testing and its implications for the cattle owner
  • Handling, transporting, feeding, breeding and calving, muck management, land management
  • Health planning and basic medication for healthy cattle
  • Feed the cows
  • Devon cream tea and discussion and dealing with any outstanding questions
  • 4.45pm finish.

Do bring: outdoor clothes, clean wellies, waterproofs and a change of clothes if it looks like rain.

Cost: £120 per person including our comprehensive handouts, homemade lunch, Devon cream tea and refreshments.

Saturday 2 December 2017
Saturday 3 February 2018
Saturday 1st December 2018
For current availability on any particular date, please check our course dates page.

Booking: Booking is simple. Just send us your name, address, phone number and email address indicating which course you want to book with your preferred date, and we’ll send you an invoice (payment is required in advance), directions to the farm and any other information you might need. And don’t forget to tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.

"Many thanks for organising such a first class training event yesterday. You could not have found a more attractive setting, and you were first class hosts. I still don't have an appetite 24 hours later!  We returned feeling more knowledgeable and confident in what we have let ourselves in for." JW Essex.


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