What will I learn?

With an emphasis on the practical elements of running a farming business, the course will:

  • Develop empathy with the daily pressures faced by farming clients
  • Provide an insight into what motivates clients
  • Understand the farming year and the impact of elements such as cash-flow
  • Lead to mutual respect through understanding

    Course delivery

    This two day course will be held at Sparsholt College near Winchester, using the College’s Home Farm and classroom facilities.

    With an emphasis on the practical elements of running a farming business, the course will:
    Develop empathy with the daily pressures faced by farming clients
    Provide an insight into what motivates clients
    Understand the farming year and the impact of elements such as cash-flow
    Lead to mutual respect through understanding

    The course will be led by Grahame Booth. Grahame has 35 years of experience in farm management, latterly as farms manager on a large scale arable, beef and sheep farming business in Wiltshire. Now qualified as a College lecturer, Grahame continues to visit farms on a daily basis as a Red Tractor assurance schemes inspector. He also runs a small farm consultancy business mostly involved with grant applications and business management.

    This course may attract CPD credits

    The course will be delivered using the facilities of the 437 acre (176 ha) College Farm and visits to other local businesses to illustrate a diverse range of farming practice.

    The course will cover the broad aspects of running a farming business:

  • Farming and farm practice
  • Introduction to crops – Arable, grassland and forage crops; the cropping year; crop rotations
  • Working with livestock – Dairy, beef, sheep, pig and poultry production
  • Non-food crops – Diversification into field sports, leisure and other non-food use
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Conservation and environmental concerns – The agri-environment; soil management; conservation
  • Finance and business for farmers – Introduction to the farm grants; farm business analysis
  • The supply trade and its customers
  • The future of farming

    Entry Requirements

    This course is aimed at Professional service providers such as solicitors, accountants and bankers who would like to have a better understanding of their clients’ business.

    Previous Fee

    Fee Change Notification

    Courses that start before 01/08/2018 will still be available at the previous price of £265

  • Fees:

    £275

    Level of Study:

    Part-Time

    Location:

    On Campus

    Duration:

    09:30 - 17:00