Smallholding

Introduction to Small-Scale Sheep Keeping Course

The purpose of our Introduction to Small-Scale Sheep Keeping Course is to give an overview of the essential elements of keeping sheep successfully. It is aimed at those who are thinking about or have recently embarked upon keeping a few sheep as pets, as lawnmowers, to assist with pasture management or for the freezer.

Introduction to sheep keeping course

Sheep have a fairly undeserved reputation for dying at will – with proper care and health planning to prevent illness, the risk of major trauma can be significantly reduced.

In return, your woolly charges can keep grass down, graze happily with horses, provide fleece for spinning and crafting, give you access to the fascinating world of sheep showing and provide delicious lamb or mutton.

Course overview

Delivered in conjunction with an experienced vet, who is also a smallholder, this one-day course covers:

  • Management systems
  • Choosing a breed
  • Buying stock
  • Fencing and handling
  • Housing
  • Feeding and grassland management
  • Health planning and routine welfare tasks
  • Lambing
  • Slaughter and selling meat

2017 Course dates

We are running our sheep-keeping course on these dates in 2017 – gift vouchers are available, please contact us for more details.

  • Sunday 14th May 2017, 9.30am - 5pm
  • Sunday 11th Junbe 2017, 9.30am - 5pm
  • Sunday 6th August 2017, 9.30am - 5pm

The course costs £95 including lunch and refreshments.

Course location

The course will be held on our smallholding in Barry, Angus. We are 8 miles north of Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland. There is plenty of car parking. We offer a pick-up service from Carnoustie Railway Station which has regular trains from the north and south.

Please contact us for details of overnight accommodation available nearby.

Booking

To book a place on the course please contact rosemary@accidentalsmallholder.net or call on 07986 451129.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Rosemary Champion

About Rosemary Champion

Rosemary lives on a 12 acre smallholding in Angus, in the east of Scotland, where she keeps Ryeland Sheep, Shetland cattle and assorted poultry. She was destined to be a smallholder from an early age.

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