Dairy Goat Keeping
22nd May 2021
12th June 2021
TBC July 2021
TBC August 2021
Maes Mawr, Llanllyfni LL54 6DG
Cost: £110.00 including lunch and a cream tea to end the day. Children 10yrs and under are FREE, children 11yrs - 16yrs £20.00.
9.30am - 10.00am - Tea/coffee and welcome
10.00am - 11.15am - An introduction to Keeping Goats
We will talk about breeding and selecting your breed. Deciding how many you want, and the choice to keep males and females. Breeding, general pregnancy care, birthing care. Issues and how to deal with them.
11.15am - 12.45pm - Housing, Dairy, Keeping the Sexes Together
We will talk you through building your own structures, bought ones, and how to select the right site for them, including fencing and ensuring their safety as well as keeping males and females on your smallholding. Meet the goats and see our set up for the dairy.
12.45pm - 1.45pm - Lunch
A chance to have a sit down and enjoy a home cooked lunch with us in the cabin. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and any food intolerances. Please let us know when you book.
1.45pm - 3.45pm - Legal Requirements, Health Issues and Care
We will cover the legal requirements of keeping goats and their needs and how to identify some health issues. We will discuss the giving of medications and worming, including hoof management and some natural remedies.
You will get the opportunity to hand milk (unless we have had to dry one or more up), and take part in some basic goat care dependant on what they need doing at the time. We will show you some basic handling skills.
3.45pm - 4.30pm - We will return to the cabin and talk about uses for the milk afterwards and show you how to filter and store it afterwards for use. You're welcome to try a small glass of fresh goats milk. We can show you some basic cheese making equipment and explain the choices behind our product The Clean Goat Soap Company.
4.00pm - 4.30pm - Afternoon cream tea and an opportunity to talk with each other and ask any further questions.
A Little Bit About Us
Emma works here full time, the smallholding is managed by her on a day to day basis. She runs the vegetable garden single handily providing much of what we eat fresh in the house. Emma has previously been a Graphic Designer, and worked in Garden Design. Now dedicating her time to creating a beautiful place were she can live a simple life. Emma deals with the admin and writes the blogs online. She encourages people to experience nature and to live a more sustainable life where possible. Emma has been growing vegetables for 10years now, and is currently working her way though an RHS level 2 and 3 horticulture course to consolidate her learning. She has been growing plants for sale for 7 years.
Steven works full time away from home. He is dedicated to his herd of goats and is passionate about his ability to create a goats milk soap product. The photography is all his. He loves to cook with what can be grown in the vegetable garden. Working on the smallholding is his passion and one day doing this full time is what drives us forward.
Booking A Place
Please email us direct with the date you would like to attend. We will send you details to make a BACS transfer, alternatively we can ring you to take a payment via a card.
Once your place(s) have been booked and paid for you will receive a email with a full welcome pack, directions and confirmation of your place(s) on the workshop.
We do not accept groups bigger than 8 so that we can focus on providing you all with time to ask questions important to you and to allow everyone to get hands on where necessary.
We do not offer accommodation here however a number of smallholders and farms around us do. If you want to make a weekend of it please check out these places. Please note if you are unable to tie in a course on an advertised date with accommodation please email us. We are happy to put a workshop on for you on a date that suits. Please confirm this with us at the same time as arranging accommodation, Thank you.
Under 10's are free to attend. Any child aged 11-16 is £20.00. Please ensure you add all the names of the persons attending no matter how old to your booking form so we know exactly how many are attending.
What To Wear
Please bring suitable wet weather clothing, including wellies. We cannot predict the weather in advance, we are living on the boundary to the mountain range of Snowdonia and it can be subject to sudden changes. We will still be outside even if it rains. Also just incase bring sun cream and a hat should we have sun! You may want to consider a change of shoes for inside the cabin and for travelling home in, just in case.
If you'd like to bring a note book feel free however we will provide print outs of the day for you to keep. We welcome any photographs to be taken. Please enjoy yourself.
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the workshop we will offer you an alternative set of dates to choose from, if these are not suitable to you we will refund up you in full. However, should you need to cancel we request that you do so no less than 7 days notice to the course date. We are only a small business and we will have already placed the order for the food for that date. We reserve the right to make a full charge for any cancellations made with less than 7 days notice.
We are happy to accommodate smaller groups, if you as a couple or family are on holiday locally and you would like to spend the day with us please give me a call directly on 07766 028 202. We are able and happy to accommodate smaller groups but we need 3 days notice to arrange the catering.
Please be aware that every aspect to the day will be risk assessed and we will be covid compliant.
You will be asked to wash your hands when you arrive, hand sanitiser will be available throughout the day and there will be opportunities for you to wash your hands after each experience. If you wish to wear a mask when indoors then please feel free to do so. We want you to be comfortable with the day and to feel safe. Equally please do not attend if feeling unwell.