PENBORN GOAT FARM





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     HANDS ON 

      

  GOATKEEPING

  COURSES

 

  A MARRIAGE OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH TECHNICAL KNOW HOW

TO ALLOW YOU TO KEEP GOATS WITH CONFIDENCE

AVAILABLE AS :

ORGANISED COURSES ON FIXED DATES

SPECIAL COURSES, (YOU PICK THE DATE) FOR YOUR OWN GROUP (MIN 2 PERSONS)

1 TO 1   PERSONAL TUITION (YOU PICK THE DATE)

2017 timetable 

2 day dairy goatkeeping

15 & 16/4/17 course full

27 & 28/5/17

24 & 25/6/17

26 & 27/8/17

7 & 8/10/17

 

goat husbandry

2/4/17

4/6/17

6/8/17


meat goat keeping

7/5/17

2/7/17

1/10/17

 


 OUR COURSES ARE 'HANDS ON'

WITH LOTS OF PRACTICAL WORK WITH THE STOCK

 

All day courses start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm.

Workshops start 2 pm finish 5 pm

 Tea/coffee will be provided , and a light lunch 

 

The courses at Penborn are unique in that they are not presented by someone who has just started out on a life in a smallholding,  they are presented by someone who has lived that way for most of his life, with a wealth of experience.  

He has owned and bred champion goats, run a goat rescue, kept several rare breeds of sheep, actually remembers 'organic growing' from a time before the birth of  the soil association,  made pots of jams and chutneys,  kept chickens, ducks, guinea fowl,  and geese,  kept pigs. Trained as an accountant,  got two degrees in biological sciences, an adult education teachers certificate (x 2), is quite a good bridge player, and has written a book on goatkeeping---'Goatkeeping without the nonsense'.   

 

DAIRYGOAT KEEPING

DAIRYGOAT KEEPING

 

The 2 day course is designed for those who have  little or no experience of dairy goats, but who are thinking of starting a dairygoat herd, whether it be just to supply the needs of friends and familly, or more ambitious large sale production. 

The course provides an introduction to the wonderful world of dairy goats

This course deals exclusively with the 7 breeds of dairy goat, what breed to pick and why. 

What to look for when choosing an individual animal. how to handle your goats and how to administer medications

 We will cover the 5 freedoms of animal welfare with particular attention to the problems of heavy milking goats.

We will look at the problems in starting a dairy business, be it a small herd or a large one,

and of course we will show you how to milk a goat by hand, and machine.

We restrict the course to a maximum of 6 persons

 to ensure everyone gets the most out of the course.

 

Every student receives a free copy of

'GOATKEEPING WITHOUT THE NONSENSE'

a light lunch will be provided

and a certificate on completion of the course

price £180 for adults over (16 years of age)


 

To book a course please e mail the date you want and

click here to pay

GOAT HUSBANDRY

GOAT

HUSBANDRY

 

For a great day of fun

 

learn about dairy,meat, pet, and fibre goats, 

meet some of the friendliest, pottiest goats,

            that are guaranteed to charm you with their antics                

 

 

                                                                

    including

The different breeds of goat
 
Housing goats
 
Feeding adult goats and kids
 
The common diseases and disorders associated with goats
 
Breeding goats
 
We will join the goats in the barn to learn how to handle a goat,
 
how to tell when a goat is ill or needs help,
 
and how to treat them with drenches, injections, pour ons etc.
 
How to  hoof trim, and how to milk.
 
 We will examine what to look for in a quality animal, what to avoid and why. 
 
With lots of hands on work we will come to an understanding of the animals world. 
 
After a break for lunch,
 
we will go through the 5 freedoms of animal welfare, as they apply to dairy goats.  
 
The course is restricted to a maximum of five persons,
 
and with a relaxed atmosphere, we try to ensure
 
that everyone gets the most out of the course that they can.
 
 Everyone gets a free copy of 'Goatkeeping without the nonsense' .
A light lunch will be provided
and a certificate on completion of the course

Prices

All courses £95 for adults (over 16 years)

£40 for children aged 12-15 (All children to be accompanied by a fee paying adult)

 

 

to book a course please e mail the date you want and

click here topay

 

meat goat keeping

Meat goat keeping

Keeping goats is the fastest growing section of  agriculture in the UK, Dairy goats are now well established in the professional ranks. Keeping meat goats is in its infancy but is now starting to develop even faster. Meat goats are suitable for keeping on a large or small scale. This course is an introduction to meat goats showing you how to look after them, the difference between dairy and meat animals, housing etc. Like all our courses there is an emphasis on handling the goats with lots of practical work.  

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 IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND A  one day COURSE

BUT NONE OF THE DATES ARE SUITABLE

  PICK YOUR OWN DATE

 

£95 PER PERSON FOR GROUPS of 2 or more

 OR

£125 FOR A ONE TO ONE COURSE

 

COURSES AVAILABLE MARCH TO SEPTEMBER

EMAIL YOUR DATES TO CHECK AVAILABILITY

 2 day courses POA 

BEGINNERS HEDGELAYING

 

BEGINNERS HEDGELAYING

(DEVON BANK / SMALLHOLDERS STYLE)

 

 

 

Have a go at laying a Devon bank. 
 
The method most popular with smallholders.
 
 
 
The course will cover the history of hedges,
 hedges and the environment,
the construction of  Devon banks,
 the anatomy of trees,
 the tools to use and safety equipement.
 
 After a morning getting a thorough grounding in the 'how and why' of hedgelaying,
the afternoon will be spent outdoors, putting theory into practice laying a Devon bank.
 
COURSE STARTS 10.00 AM. FINISHES 4.00 PM.  
 
Wear suitable outdoor clothing, wellingtons or stout shoes,
one pair thick and one pair thin gloves, eye protectors and hard hat. 
 
 
17th January
 
 
£75 per adult, (sorry children not allowed)
 
 
FULLY BOOKED
 
 
 
 

Calendar

 

For  places to stay 

 

Recommended by past students

 

Forda Farm

www.fordafarm.com

and

 Leworthy Farmhouse

www.leworthy.co.uk

 

alternatively

 contact the Bude tourist information office 

 

   www.visitbude.info/