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A MARRIAGE OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE
WITH TECHNICAL KNOW HOW
TO ALLOW YOU TO KEEP GOATS WITH CONFIDENCE
AVAILABLE AS :
SPECIAL COURSES, YOU PICK THE DATE FOR YOUR OWN BUBBLE
1 TO 1 PERSONAL TUITION (YOU PICK THE DATE)
COVID 19 HAS MEANT THE CANCELLATION OF ALL OUR GROUP COURSES
IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND A COURSE WE WILL (SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS) ORGANISE AN INDIVIDUAL COURSE, AT GROUP RATES, ON ANY MUTUALLY AGREEABLE DATE
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 and biscuits will be provided
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, geese, and 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'. and a childrens book----'North Pole City Devon'
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 with the 7 breeds of dairy goat especially the Golden Guernsey , our resident Boer goat, and the pygmy goats, 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 (with covid restrictions we now restrict to the members of one 'bubble')
to ensure everyone gets the most out of the course.
Every student receives a free copy of
'GOATKEEPING WITHOUT THE NONSENSE'
so you don't need to take notes (but you can if you wish, bearing in mind the goats love to eat paper!)
and a certificate on completion of the course
We supply tea or coffee but bring your own lunch
Wear outdoor clothing
price £180 for persons over 16 years of age
(£40 for those under 16)
click here to pay
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
All courses £95 per person (over 16 years)
£40 for children aged 12-15 (All children to be accompanied by a fee paying adult)
We supply coffee or tea but bring your own lunch
and wear outdoor clothing
to book a course
please e mail the date you want to see if we are free
click here to pay
IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND A COURSE
BUT NONE OF THE DATES ARE SUITABLE
PICK YOUR OWN DATE
£95 PER PERSON
COURSES AVAILABLE MARCH TO SEPTEMBER
EMAIL YOUR DATES TO CHECK AVAILABILITY
2 day courses £180 per person