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Pigs and poultry workshop
Sun 18 June 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 BST
This day covers the keeping of pigs and poultry, with half a day devoted to each animal.
The morning session covers pigs. The Empire Farm has a small herd of Kune Kune pigs together with other pigs bought in as weaners. The course looks at all aspects of small scale pig keeping from choosing the right breed, raising pigs through to slaughter and dealing with the meat. Subjects covered include the different breeds, where to buy weaners, the amount of space that is needed, the type of housing, diet, disease, transport and the regulations. We will briefly look at topics such as finding an abattoir, and butchering the meat.
Poultry are covered in the afternoon session.We start with a theory session, followed by a tour of the poultry pens and an introduction to the different breeds that we keep at The Empire Farm. We have deliberately stocked a variety of different breeds of both laying and meat chickens, ducks, geese, black turkeys and quail, so we will can discuss the pros and cons of each. We have also set up a variety of pens, from small self-contained ones that would suit a garden, to larger fields with electric fencing. Topics cover all aspects of poultry keeping, such as the breeds of chickens, ducks and geese, and their characteristics, pros and cons of each, housing and paddocks, rotations, feeding, welfare issues, disease, predator control, buying stock, breeding, the pros and cons of incubators and broody hens, organic poultry keeping. There will be a session on avian flu and how to keep your poultry healthy when housed inside or under nets.
If you are only interested in pigs, there is an option to join a sausage-making workshop in the afternoon. Please contact the office for more information (http://www.empirefarm.co.uk/contact-us/)
The numbers on this courses are limited to approx. 12 people so that there is plenty of opportunity to discuss specific topics of interest. Much of this course takes place outside so warm weatherproof clothing and wellington boots are needed, plus a change of shoes. We will be handling birds and that can be a bit mucky! Everybody gets to take away a set of notes and some fresh eggs.
The cost of this full day course is £90 and it includes all tuition, course notes, home-made lunch, afternoon tea and all refreshments. The day starts at 10 am and finishes as approx 5 pm.
We do not offer refunds for courses more than 7 days post-order. Course vouchers are transferable from one person to another. If you have to cancel any course booking more than 14 days prior to the course, we will transfer you to another course of the same value, or offer a Gift Voucher. In the event of cancellation within 14 days of a course date, we will be unable to transfer your booking but someone else may attend in your place, should you wish.