We bought a farmlet!
Organiser: RSPCA Victoria
Date: 15 October 2022
Audience / Open to: all
For ages 14 and above.
Caring for livestock in small acreage systems can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but also a new one for those who find themselves owning livestock for the first time.
This short course will guide participants in how to cater for the needs of the different livestock species in small acreage systems. Some of the points that will be included during the session will be handling methods, common husbandry practices, housing and nutrition, as well as preventative health considerations.
Led by experts in the field, this morning will be filled with hands on experience as well as opportunities to ask questions and discuss the needs of our livestock animals.
With a focus on sheep, goats, cattle, alpacas, pigs, the key learning outcomes will be:
- Outline appropriate nutrition and water requirements for different livestock species
- Outline housing requirements for different livestock species
- Outline the primary health requirements and husbandry practices for the different livestock species
- Outline strategies for low stress handling methods and handling livestock safely
- Outline strategies to promote natural behaviours in paddock environments
- Outline the traceability of stock requirements within Victoria
Activities will include:
- Conducting a paddock walk viewing housing and fencing options, space allocations as well as supplementary feeding methods
- Goat handling – how to inspect a hoof
- Handling animals using field of vision and point of balance
- Conducting a health check – conduct a body condition score of sheep, as well as conduct a visual health inspection