Every FarmSkills workshop is designed to be of real and measurable benefit. After all, time away from the farm needs to be well spent. That is why we try to offer a diverse programme to meet the varying needs of farmers wherever they farm and whatever their level of experience.
Course costs depend on the topic and practice hosting the course, please check the course price before booking onto a course.
Calf Rearing - Birth to Weaning
This workshop helps to highlight the important areas and stages within calf rearing including, early calf management, milk feeding, calf housing and management of weaning.
Plan and prepare for successful heifer production.
Calf Rearing - Weaning to Heifer Rearing
The course aims to cover all areas of heifer rearing to ensure a well grown heifer that calves down successfully, maximising calf survival and her own future lifetime productivity. Heifer nutrition, parasite control and prevention of infectious diseases will also be covered. Lastly management of heifers to ensure the safe delivery of the newborn calf is discussed.
DIY Artificial Insemination (AI)
Trainees will be able to discuss the regulations governing AI in the UK and describe the theory of safe semen handling and AI techniques. They will also be able to carry out correct AI techniques using abattoir specimens or models before progressing into being able to safely perform AI in live cows to DEFRA approved standards.
Trainees will be able to define and detect mastitis , having developed an understanding about the balance between cow defences and the most common mastitis pathogens, and calculate the cost associated with the disease.
Define and detect mastitis.
Name the principal environmental mastitis pathogens.
Herdsperson Certificate Course
This intensive two day practical course is designed to provide essential skills for those working as a dairy herdsperson.
Perfect as a refresher or for those looking to develop their skills to best practice level.
The course is split into 6 modules:
This Mastering Medicines workshop aims to increase trainees’ knowledge on the various classes of medicines and how to use them safely and effectively on farm.
The course also aims to increase trainees’ understanding of the legislative requirements for on farm medicine use.
Understand the following classes of medicine, what they do and when to use them:
Mobility and Locomotion
This course has an emphasis on practical skills around the workings of the cow’s foot in combination with knowledge of the modified dutch foot trimming method into practice.
Recognise normal bovine locomotion and relate this to the AHDB Dairy mobility score.
Recognise lameness and grade severity.
Trainees will learn about the importance of preparation for lambing time, including discussion of pros and cons of housing for lambing, nutrition, body condition scoring and what equipment is necessary.
Adequately prepare themselves and their flock for lambing time.