Smallholders Workshop
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About this course

Have you ever thought about collecting your own eggs or rearing your own lambs, or perhaps you already have a smallholding and would like to discover new ways in which you could make the best of your land or consider introducing some new stock to your holding?

We will be considering the issues involved in looking after poultry or small herds of sheep and cattle, focusing particularly on the documentation you will need to manage your chosen stock and the high standards of health and welfare needed to manage your stock appropriately.

If you need to know more about these matters you will find that this course will provide all the answers to enable you to get on with the job.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to provide you with an introduction to stock husbandry, including legal requirements, basic stock care and health tasks and to enable you to establish the most suitable stock for your site and background.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the documentation required for your chosen stock
  • Demonstrate that you can provide your stock with high standards of health and welfare
  • Carry out basic stock health tasks
  • Carry out routine stock tasks

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Why become a smallholder
  • Pasture management
  • Introduction to keeping poultry,¬†sheep and cattle
  • Record keeping
  • Legislation
  • Marketing your products
Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

The course will be delivered in an appropriate classroom and you will have access to a range of livestock and associated equipment.

You should bring a notebook and pen with you and wear old clothes or overalls, as well as steel toe-capped boots which are essential for practical work.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you as refreshments are not provided. 

What could I do next?
You could enrol on another of the landbased courses offered by Wiltshire College, full details of which can be found in the college's part time course directory.