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CarolineR

  • Joined Jan 2012
Free courses in Ayr and Dumfries with free lunch....
« on: September 22, 2016, 10:13:01 am »
Hi folks,

After five years of trying to make it around the whole country, meeting all of you lovely people who attended personally, and, as a vet, being primarily focused on health and welfare, with less availability of grassland management and fencing expertise, I am absolutely thrilled this year to introduce to you Chloe McCulloch and her team.

They are my colleagues at SAC Consulting and are part of the Consulting Solutions branch (formerly known to some of you as Farm Business Services) -  a separate area to Vet Services, although we work closely together.

This fantastic team have been able to put together comprehensive small farmer/smallholder start-up courses to include grassland management, fencing and other skills, along with a little of the health and welfare things I have been providing (you will probably meet one of my Dumfries/Ayr vet colleagues at the meetings). And, as usual, it is all free.

The meetings are a result of increased funding by the Scottish Government. This is partly down to the support of all of you over the past five years – your demonstration of commitment, and your uptake of smallholder and small farmer services, has helped to create this service. Thank you to you all, and congratulations on being such a dedicated and enthusiastic bunch to work with. I really enjoy it.

The first two are in Ayr and Dumfries – but if you are further north, get in touch with Chloe and the team to request similar meetings near you – we have branches all over the country and we can pass on requests so that areas with large demand can be noted. I’m afraid funding is only possible at present for people in Scotland, since it is a Scottish Government initiative, but for our friends south of the border, please contact the team and let them know if you are interested as some other arrangement may be possible.

BOOKING IS NECESSARY. Details on next post, because the flyers are too large! And of course, I will be continuing to provide talks and webinars around the country on “top up” subjects of great importance, such as worming, health, liver fluke, foot care, poultry diseases, etc as always, to allow you all to build your knowledge over time and to have the happiest, healthiest animals possible.

Come and see us at our stall at the Smallholder Festival if you are around! I’m doing a free talk on sheep foot care in the ring as well.

Best Wishes,

Caroline
« Last Edit: September 22, 2016, 10:28:11 am by CarolineR »

CarolineR

  • Joined Jan 2012
Re: Free courses in Ayr and Dumfries with free lunch....
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2016, 10:17:23 am »
Dumfries
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Small Scale Cattle & Sheep – Building a Viable Enterprise

Are you already a small-scale cattle or sheep keeper, or would you like to have your own herd or flock?

Delivered by experts and tailored to the needs of the less experienced keeper, this event will give you confidence in the basics, as well as providing access to specialist advice and further events (it’s fun too!).

For keepers in Scotland this event is paid for by The Scottish Government, and lunch is provided.

Part 1
Date Saturday 29 October 2016, Time 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries DG1 3NE

• Selecting stock
• Statutory paperwork – including getting registered, and record keeping requirements
• Nutrition & feeding
• Health planning
• Housing requirements

Part 2
Date Saturday 12 November 2016, Time 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries DG1 3NE

• Handling sheep (practical session)
• Handling cattle (practical session)
• Marketing stock
• Grassland & habitat management

Places are limited, and must be booked. To book or for further details call 01387 261172 FBSDumfries@sac.co.uk
« Last Edit: September 22, 2016, 10:29:29 am by CarolineR »

CarolineR

  • Joined Jan 2012
Re: Free courses in Ayr and Dumfries with free lunch....
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016, 10:27:36 am »
Ayr
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Small Scale Cattle & Sheep – Building a Viable Enterprise

Are you already a small-scale cattle or sheep keeper, or would you like to have your own herd or flock?

Delivered by experts and tailored to the needs of the less experienced keeper, this event will give you confidence in the basics, as well as providing access to specialist advice and further events (it’s fun too!).

For keepers in Scotland this event is paid for by The Scottish Government, and lunch is provided.

Part 1
Date Saturday 5 November 2016, Time 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location John F Niven Building, SAC Auchincruive, Ayr, KA6 5HW

Breed Choices
• Statutory paperwork – including getting registered, and record keeping requirements
• Nutrition & feeding
• Health planning
• Housing requirements

Part 2
Date Saturday 19 November 2016, Time 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location Newlands Farm, Darvel, KA17 0LU

• Handling sheep (practical session)
• Handling cattle (practical session)
• Selecting Stock
• Marketing stock
• Grassland & habitat management

Places are limited, and booking is necessary. To book or for further details call 01292 525252 FBSAyr@sac.co.uk
« Last Edit: September 22, 2016, 10:31:06 am by CarolineR »

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Free courses in Ayr and Dumfries with free lunch....
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2016, 07:28:35 am »
This is good stuff - look forward to some further North. Very pleased to see ScotGov starting to recognise the importance of smallholders - there are 20,000 small land holdings in Scotland - and turning that support into practical action.

It's now up to us as smallholders to take them up on the offer.

CarolineR

  • Joined Jan 2012
Re: Free courses in Ayr and Dumfries with free lunch....
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2016, 01:41:29 pm »
It's so very much]down to all your good work as well!
Can't wait for festival tomorrow. The SSGF team is awesome, and the people that come along and make it a success are such a valuable part of rural Scotland's future.

Also, the criteria that Carla and the other Epidemiology folks used to turn up the 20,000-number was holdings with a very small number of stock - a lot of you guys will be counted as "small farmers" not "smallholders" under that criteria, so there are even more than 20,000 of you out there - a very powerful and valuable community and I'm looking forward to meeting even more of you.

I've had an enquiry about Orkney next - never been to Orkney yet so I'll be looking into that now....
There will also be something arranged for St Boswells shortly, and likely something practical in Highland Perthshire.

Have a great weekend everyone.

C

 

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