SHORT COURSES
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.

COURSE 2019

Lambing Experience - 7th April - FULLY BOOKED
DATE: Sunday 7th April 2019
TIME: 9.30am to approximately 4pm
LOCATION: Holmlacy Farm, Tideswell, SK17 8LW
CLOTHING: Please prepare for all weathers (you need to be wrapped up well if it is cold) and wear wellingtons/strong boots
REFRESHMENTS: Please bring your own food and hot/cold drinks
Cost:£50 per person
DETAILS:
NO PREGNANT LADIES
Course will be hands-on experience covering all aspects of lambing management including-

  1. 1 preparation for lambing/housing
  2. basic anatomy
  3. care of new born lamb and care of ewe
  4. dealing with difficult and assisted births
  5. lamb survival and fostering
  6. lamb and ewe tasks
  7. common diseases pre and post lambing
  8. practical considerations at grass turn-out

This event is being organised and run by Bill Jones who can be contacted on 07860534209 for further information.

All attendees to pay a £20 deposit by Monday 25th March. DSA Members will be eligible for a £15 training course subsidy which can be applied for after attendance at the event. If you have any questions regarding the course contact Katy Newman on 07801924225.

Please note that no guarantees can be given that live lambing will take place on the day.

If numbers are insufficient to run the course attendees will be contact in person the week beforehand and updates will be posted on the website/facebook.

Register Here

 

Learn how to weave a simple framed basket in willow - 20th June - PLACES AVAILABLE

DATE: Tuesday 18th June 2019
TIME: 10am to 4pm (approx)
COURSE TRAINER:Sally Smith (http://www.sallyorganic.co.uk)
LOCATION: Brackenfield Village Hall, Church Lane, (The Green), Brackenfield, DE55 6AQ
COST: £35 for members and £40 for non-members (cost includes materials)
LUNCH: Tea and coffee is provided but bring your own packed lunch
PAYMENT: Payment in full is required no later than Friday, 24th May
CONTACT: Any questions contact Katy Newman (courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk)
DETAILS:

Sally will be teaching the techniques to create a lovely rustic basket in a day using willow joined by an attractive God’s eye weave.

A minimum of 8 attendees are required for the course to run. If the minimum number of people is not reached then attendees will be notified by 31st of May.

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Alpaca Husbandry - PLACES AVAILABLE

DATE: Saturday 20th July 2019
TIME: 10am to 4pm (approx)
COURSE TRAINER:Sarah McRow (http://www.whistlingduckalpacas.co.uk)
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 24th June
CONTACT: Any questions contact Katy Newman (courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk)
DETAILS:

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 28th June.

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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
courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk
Short Course Co-ordinator