An autumn schedule of practical on-farm training courses for sheep farmers and their stockman has been announced as part of XLVets’ FarmSkills programme.


The courses, which will run at a variety of venues throughout the UK, will cover lambing, nutrition, parasite control and lameness and will be tailored to suit different knowledge levels.

Some “beginner” courses will cover injecting and sheep handling and will show delegates easier and more effective ways to manage their flock. Some advanced courses in lameness and nutrition are also scheduled.

Funded through XLVets’ FarmSkills programme, these sheep-specific courses provide practical, focused learning from £45 for a day’s course.

Practical advice will be given on flock nutrition throughout the year, explains Tyndale Vet Practice’s Bryony Kendall.

“For example, topics will include flushing prior to tupping and how to effectively step-up feeding in pregnancy. Farmers will also be able to improve their condition scoring ability.”

The FarmSkills training modules are available nationwide to anyone with an interest in improving health and productivity in their livestock enterprise, regardless of whether their local practice is a member of XL Vets or not.

More details can be found at www.farm-skills.co.uk

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