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Sheep for Smallholders

Date:
8 April 2018
Cost:
£85 including home-made lunch
Time:
10 - 4.30

A one-day course on everything you need to know to start keeping a few sheep: 

  • Different breeds of sheep,
  • Useful equipment
  • Fencing, feed and water
  • Routine care and maintenance
  • Organic and non=organic
  • How to handle sheep
  • Sheep calendar
  • Laws concerning sheep, and those for having an organic flock.

Chris will bring some of his Wiltshire Horn sheep here for you to look at and maybe work on.

In the afternoon there will be individual tuition on how to handle the animals, so do bring overalls or old clothes.  And Chris willl also be demonstrating how to up-end an adult sheep and clip its hooves.  There will be an opportunity to try it yourself if you want.

Click on Chris's name above to see more about him.

Students' comments:

Brilliant venue.  Informative but informal course, which meant that I felt happy to ask questions.  Kate B.

Great course!   Lunch was fab.  Mike & Pen C.

Very good day.  Clear basics, very interesting.  Good practical side too.  Nice number of people.

Very enjoyable.  Great to have lots of hands on experience.

We had a super time.  Very informative.  Lovely, friendly atmosphere and beautiful venue.  Will be back!  Paula & David E.

Fantastic venue and a wonderful welcome.  Great day.

Excellent course which gave me enough knowledge to want to know more and handle sheep more.

Excellent.  Very informative.  Thank you.

Excellent again.  Matthew G.

Fantastic course, knowledgeable tutor.  Enjoyed the hand on part.

I’ve had a fantastic day, thanks you so much.

I just need to decide what course to do next.  Jock W.

A most enjoyable day.  Will be looking at other courses to attend in the future.  Thank you.  Deb W.

Super day.  So much information!  Am still v keen to have sheep!  Wonderful lunch and cake – thank you.

A fantastic day thanks,  much more informative than I was expecting!

 

 

What to Bring

Strong boots or wellies.

Overalls or old clothes, warm and waterproof clothing.

Photos

Collecting the Hebrideans on the Assington Mill sheep husbandry course,
Anne with a very cuddly Hebridean lamb who came on the course
Feeding lambs on the Sheep Husbandry course
The lambs arriving for the Sheep Husbandry course in the front seat!
Sheep inspection on the Assington Mill sheep husbandry course
Wiltshire Horn ram.  Photo:  Chris Eastcott, Assington Mill tutor
Alternative Dates
Date Time Bookings / Places
Sheep for Smallholders 8 April 2018 10 - 4.30
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