White faced Dartmoor sheep at South Yeo Farm West in Devon

ADVANCED SMALLHOLDING

2 DAY COURSE

For those of you with some smallholding experience wanting to spread your wings, get more ambitious with your range of smallholding activity, breed your own stock and gain a more in depth understanding.

Sow with piglets in a field at South Yeo Farm West

Who would benefit from this course?

This course is for smallholders with some experience of looking after land and livestock who may be feeling in need of a refresher or are wanting to get beyond the basics and further develop your understanding. You might be considering breeding your own stock, choosing pedigree animals, increasing the numbers or varieties of stock you keep, wanting to manage your land more effectively, get to grips with health planning, or are now producing surplus and want to sell it. Anyone who’s been on our Introduction to Smallholding course and wants to know more will also find these two days a good next step.

Course content

An update on current legal and statutory requirements; effective health planning; making your handling facilities work better for you; land management and layout; is it time for a tractor; a look at the costs and realities of breeding your own livestock; the practicalities of selling your produce and more. We always allow time to answer your many questions and aim to leave you feeling confident in making your next smallholding decisions. Because this two day course is for those of you who have a level of smallholding experience, you are likely to have particular questions you want addressed; let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate them.

DAY ONE

10.00 Introductions.

  • What smallholding activity are you doing at the moment and what more do you want to achieve on your smallholding?
  • Legislation: a refresher on what’s new and what it means for you; cross compliance and good environmental practice
  • Making your handling facilities work for you: cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry/waterfowl
  • Lunch
  • Health planning: from faecal egg counts, vaccinations, worming practice to Hi Herd Health and more
  • Land management and layout: grass management, drainage, soils, wildlife habitats, making sure gates & fence designs work for you
  • Cream tea and Q+A – picking up on all those questions you really want answers to

4.45 Finish for the day

DAY TWO

9.30 arrival

  • coffee/tea, picking up on any outstanding questions from day one
  • Is it time for a tractor (and associated equipment)? Haymaking kit and more.
  • Selling your produce – now you have surplus what are you going to do with it?
  • Lunch
  • Breeding your own poultry and waterfowl: incubation and rearing
  • Breeding cattle, sheep and pigs.  Should I have pedigree animals?
  • Costs of breeding your own
  • Cream tea and Q+A

4.45 Feedback and finish

INFORMATION

Cost: £195 per person including our comprehensive handouts, homemade lunch, Devon cream tea and refreshments on both days. There is a 10% plus discount for two or more people booking together for the same course (e.g. £350 for two, £525 for three people etc).

Dates:

A weekend date tbc that suits interested participants

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.

Accommodation: For those of you travelling some distance, we don’t provide overnight accommodation on the farm but you’ll find some lovely options close by, ranging from B&Bs to camp sites and seriously luxurious treats here.

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

New born lamb with a ewe at South Yeo Farm West, Devon
Debbie Kingsley walking down track with Poppy the pig following behind at South Yeo Farm West
A ewe lambing with the head and front legs appearing at South Yeo Farm West in Devon

“Best weekend ever. Thank you so much for being so helpful, flexible and friendly. We absolutely loved it.” 

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