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I just wanted to say that I had a wonderful day out on the Dairy Goats for Beginners course yesterday. A shout out to our tutor Peter Oldfield who was informative and entertaining, and to all my fellow students who were also excellent! Peter's goats were brilliant and very engaging, the course was really hands-on and I felt very positive to start seriously planning my own small herd. Thank you


Thank you very much for your kind hospitality on Sunday.

Your calm and patience soothes more than just your lovely goats.


Mum and I really enjoyed the course - and thank you very much for sending on the book;

 a superb reminder of all you covered and more.


Just to say how much we valued our course with you on Sunday,

we are now preparing ourselves for the arrival of two GG kids....many thanks for all the advice.


A delightful experience


An excellent informative/hands on course, highly recommended


This was an excellent course, very hands on and friendly.

Pete Oldfields love of his goats and the subject comes over so well. I cannot praise him enough.


Massively helpful- thank you


Excellent course and well worth doing- thank you.

Peter was very knowledgeable and good at putting the information across and very approachable


Excellent day with good hands on experience and information from an excellent tutor.  


Junior goatkeeping course review  by Mia aged 8, almost 9 


Today I went to the Junior Goat Keeping course, it was GREAT fun, my sister Frankie and me loved it loads, it really inspired us to have goats.

At the course there were four children other than me; Alex, Thomas, Amelia and my sister Frankie. At Peter’s farm, Penborn Goat Farm, he has Golden Gurnseys, Pygmy goats and British Goldens. I liked the Pygmy goats the most. First of all we visited the goats, one goat came charging through and jumped up at me, she was my favourite, her name was Dakota. She was born in their kitchen, is very tame and all of us wanted her!

Peter told us parts of the goat body, then our first challenge was to unjumble the goat body parts and then tag them onto the goat. Then we had a talk about goat breed’s special features, we had to fill out a table and write down what a few types of goat’s special features were.

We stopped for a lunch break, the adults talked about goats and plants and their farms and generally stuff adults talk about.

Then we went to see the goats again and we clipped their hooves and we milked a goat called Talullah. We went and discussed the five goat needs. After that we coloured in a picture with goat breeds on and had to try to get the right colour coat for each goat (THAT RYHMES!!!) Then we did a word search and there were 40 WORDS! It was hard but we all completed it, then we took it in turns to read a story about a goat called Snowball, that had been passed through goat generations and Peter said that the goats told it to him. We played with the goats for a while and then said good bye to them.

We all got a nice certificate and went home, I hope it carries on and I want to go next year.


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