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Crofting Animal Husbandry
Claire Shorthose BVMS MRCVS, lives on a small farm with a various range of animals. Participants will learn the correct and safe handling procedures for livestock commonly kept on crofts or smallholdings along with techniques involved in routine animal husbandry such as; foot trimming, shearing, ear tagging, milking (goats) and administering medication.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to catch, restrain and perform a health check on sheep, pigs, goats and poultry and will have gained ‘hands on’ experience for routine healthcare procedures. There will be the opportunity to handle and examine adult hens, chicks and young waterfowl. You will learn how to sex chicks, apply leg rings, clip wing feathers and spurs. There will also be an introduction to incubators and egg candling.
Bring your own wellies, waterproofs, clean overalls or old clothes as well as a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cold drinks will be provided.
Participants should check that their Tetanus status is up to date
For further information or to book a place contact: Cathy on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01854 612220.
There are limited funded places available for under 25s, sponsored by the MacRobert Trust, please ask for availability before booking.
Funding for this and other crofting courses is being made available through the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund, which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the European Union. Other funders are; Highland & Islands Enterprise and Scottish National Heritage.