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Course details

Sheep for the smallholder

Starts: 13 November 2012 10:00
Ends: 13 November 2012 16:00

The Magdalen Project, Winsham, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4PA

A one day course covering all aspects of keeping sheep. This includes choosing the most appropriate breed for your needs, the necessary equipment, nutrition, breeding & lambing, flock health, producing stock for sale, and meeting legal requirements. Suitable for all from the complete beginner to the more experienced shepherd.
Minimum Group Size: 4
Maximum Group Size: 8
Cost: £69 per person
Includes: Notes, light refreshments and simple homemade lunch.
Course Format: This course is based in the classroom but also out on The Magdalen Project 132 Acre Organic Farm. it is advised that attendees where suitable outdoor clothing & footwear.
Tutor Details: Nick Cox
Nick has been involved with The Magdalen Project for a number of years including periods of direct responsibility for the farm and land. Nick has extensive livestock experience including pigs, poultry, cattle, sheep and alpacs and as a result has a great knowledge of what livestock suits what environment.


  • Expectations of the day
  • The Magdalen Project and what we are achieving with our smallholding
  • Housekeeping elements
  • Health & Safety aspects – animals, machinery, medicines, chemicals

Legislation (Paperwork)

  • Movement books or movement licenses
  • Holding Numbers
  • Flock Numbers & Trading Standards
  • Registering with a Vet and Trading Standards
  • Public Liability Insurance

Introduction to Livestock

  • What breed
  • Pedigree stock
  • Charts of breeds with relevant information
  • Where to source your livestock – private, through breeders and markets
  • Intentions of keeping livestock – when will livestock be ready for slaughter
  • Associated Associations and relevant contacts

Meeting the livestock

  • Equipment – Adequate fencing, housing, feeding equipment, veterinary equipment
  • Types of feed
  • Housing
  • Signs of good and poor health
  • Breeding – signs of heat, service vs AI, number of times to service, signs of lambing and what to do.
  • Medicines and Medicine books
  • Identification
  • Land issues pertaining to keeping livestock


  • Question & Answer session
  • Evaluation of the day and in meeting expectations

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