Red Ruby Devon cattle in a field during the cattle for beginners course by smallholder training at South Yeo Farm West

CATTLE FOR BEGINNERS

1 DAY COURSE

“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

Devon Red Ruby cow and calf on the cattle for beginners course

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 cows 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.

CONTENT

9.30am Introductions and your cow hopes

  • Cattle basics
  • 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.

INFORMATION

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

Dates:
Saturday 1 December 2018
Saturday 2 February 2019
Saturday 30 November 2019

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.

Devon red ruby cows walking down an autumnal lane in single file on the smlalholders training course, cattle for beginners at South Yeo Farm West
A newborn Devon Red Ruby Calf laying in a bed of straw taken from cattle for beginners smallholder training course at South Yep Farm West
A Red Ruby Devon calf stood with its mother resting it's head on hers taken during the cattle for beginners smallholder training course at South Yeo Farm West

“The [cattle] course was very informative and was structured in such a way that all aspects of cattle farming are covered, from ear tagging, getting a passport, vaccinating, behaviours and handling the cattle, feeding, muck management, setting up the shed, de-worming, fencing, structuring the farm within the available resources, up to breeding calves. The venue, the course material and the food was superb. The course has given me ample courage and a positive attitude to go forward with my future plans.”

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