This two day course will be held at Sparsholt College near Winchester, using the College’s Home Farm and classroom facilities.
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.
Overnight accommodation is available in the Wessex Conference Centre in en suite rooms for £39.00 per night..
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