Derbyshire Smallholders pick a number of courses we think relevant to our members each year and, where possible, negotiate a discount for our members. To secure your place on any of the below courses simply click the book button available in each course information section and enter your details.  Unless otherwise stated the courses are independently run and therefore public liability insurance is the responsibility of the organisation running the course.  If you have any questions regarding this, or any detail relating to the course then contact the Short Course Co-ordinator whose details can be found in the ‘Contact Details’ section below.


Alpaca Husbandry - 21st September - PLACES AVAILABLE

DATE: Saturday 21st September 2019
TIME: 10am to 4pm (approx)
LOCATION: Mount Pleasant Farm, Back Lane, Brackenfield, DE55 6AJ
COST: £45 for members and £50 for non-members
LUNCH: Tea and coffee is provided but bring your own packed lunch
PAYMENT: Payment in full is required no later than Monday 12th August
CONTACT: Any questions contact Katy Newman (

The course is aimed at anyone interested in keeping alpacas or who just want to find out more about these fascinating animals.

  1. The course will cover all the basics of Alpaca Management including:
  2. Alpaca behaviour
  3. Feeding, diet and nutrition
  4. Assessing an alpaca (fleece and conformation)
  5. Birthing overview
  6. Herding, handling and haltering an alpaca
  7. Husbandry procedures (toenail trimming, injections, drenches)

The course will be hands on so attendees should come prepared for the elements.

A minimum of 5 attendees are required for the course to run. If the minimum number of people is not reached then attendees will be notified by 30th August.  For more information regarding the course go to

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Other courses
As well as providing access to the courses detailed above we also encourage members to join courses run by other organisations and we can subsidise members who want to book onto other relevant courses. If there is a course that you would like to do, other than those listed, please contact Katy Newman to discuss.

Contact Details

Katy Newman – Course Co-ordinator
Short Course Co-ordinator