Introduction to Small Holding Management

Working from Juniper Hall and a 90 acre working farm in Carshalton, Surrey along the top of the North Downs ridge, this course will be run by the farm manager and will deal with all aspects of keeping sheep and cattle, touching on keeping other animals as well. It is aimed for beginners and those who would like guidance or an idea of where to begin; what is involved in keeping a small flock or herd of livestock. Practical sessions will include carrying out sheep health checks, various methods of rounding animals up into pens, dealing with common ailments and livestock fencing. Classroom-based theory will be informal with flexibility to discuss participants’ own interests and questions. It will focus on the shepherd’s yearly calendar, lambing methods and equipment, selection of animal breeds or species and some of the basic legal requirements for keeping livestock, including both animal welfare and record keeping.

Sean Grufferty is a passionate and experienced stockman of ten years, with a particular interest in sheep grazing and the associated management of rare chalk grassland habitat. He has been the Grazing Officer for the Downlands Partnership since 2014 where he now manages their flock of over 200 sheep (including 50 breeding ewes), 11 cattle and 10 goats with the help of his assistant. They have a voluntary stock checker team of over 100 volunteers made up of local people who check on the welfare of their livestock daily across the 23 sites they manage.

How to Apply

To book a place on this course, please visit the FSC website or contact the centre directly on 01306 734501.

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Key Information

Start date:

1st March 2019 at 6:30pm


From £185


Field Studies Council




Countryside & Land Management, Workshop & Practical Skills


Juniper Hall, United Kingdom