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Pastured Pig and Egg Farming Courses

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Pastured Pig & Egg Farming Courses

We offer both an introductory level workshop for anyone interested in pigs or egg production as well as advanced pig handling course.  There is also the option of online courses. Our courses are presented by a qualified trainer and assessor with industry experience and appropriate academic credentials.


Pig Course

There is an option of a one day introductory course or to achieve the 'Free Range Pig Management and Handling' Certificate issued by Free Range Farm Management, choose the 2 Day Pig Farming Course.  Lee McCosker will spend the day with you discussing anything you need to know about keeping pigs outdoors.

There will be a full day of discussion and pig handling demonstrations along with a farm tour to discuss issues such as fencing, water, housing, feeding, farrowing, land management, dealing with local council and much more.

We will also cover legal requirements for owning and selling pigs and marketing options should you decide free range pig farming is for you.


Nutrition plays a huge role in producing a quality carcass and keeping you profitable.  We deliver the basics in easy to understand terms so that you know what will work and what wont in the feed you provide.  Understand the role the breed of pig you select in carcass quality.


The basics for housing, fencing, marketing and understanding breeds of pigs are also covered on the first day.

The second day of course is a very hands on day that will cover all aspects of moving and handling pigs, inspecting and assessing health and well-being, carrying out vaccinations, health treatments and elective husbandry procedures. 


Lunch will be provided and, when possible,  will feature, pasture raised free range pork.  Morning and afternoon tea also included. (let us know of any special dietary requirements well before the event)


Both workshops, but in particular the 2 Day Course, are Competency Based Training and focus on what the participant is expected to be able to do on their farm as opposed to just having theoretical knowledge.

A workshop textbook will be provided so you wont forget any of the important issues addressed on the day.

Cost:  $295 for one day courses or $595 for both per person (includes lunch)


Online Pig Training is also available. Learn more ....


Starting a Pastured Egg Business

This is a brand new course for anyone wanting to start a pastured, free range egg business. Taking part in our courses brings you into our network for ongoing support and networking.

The course is held on a fully operational farm where you will get to not only learn about what is involved in becoming an egg farmer, but you will have the opportunity to see everything in action.

The course will cover:

  • Legal Requirements
  • Codes of Practice
  • Food Safety
  • Licenses
  • Dealing with councils
  • Farm setup
  • Raising chicks
  • Nutrition for production
  • About the eggs
  • Keeping your hens laying
  • Pasture management
  • Pasture as a food source
  • Collecting eggs
  • Cleaning, sorting and packing eggs
  • Egg labelling
  • Marketing your eggs
  • Biosecurity

Places are limited so book early!

Lunch is provided so let us know if there are any special dietary requirements.

A course workbook is provided so you wont forget a thing.

Loved the work shop and lee and her husband were fantastic. Speaking in real terms and language beginners understand without the hype and sales motives of others. Will recommend to anyone interested in starting backyard operation or small scale sustainable farming.

Matt


Upcoming events

Refund Policy:

Cancellation of any course will incur a $50 admin fee.  No refund will be given for any course cancelled within 7 days of the event.  Transfer to another course is at no cost.


Do you want to be a successful pastured pork or egg producer?

Do you want to be a successful pork or egg producer?  We want that for you too! We know how important it is to get the right information and guidance when starting out in any business venture and that is what we will deliver to you at our workshops. You will also become a part of our network with ongoing help and resources.

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Testimonials

Loved the work shop and lee and her husband were fantastic. Speaking in real terms and language beginners understand without the hype and sales motives of others. Will recommend to anyone interested in starting backyard operation or small scale sustainable farming.
Matt

It was a wonderful day thankyou for everything, so loved the farm visit the hosts were very friendly and no question was to big or to small. Kaye

Workshop provided up front view of all aspects pasture raised egg production. Extremely valuable information presented in an easy to follow format. This is a must do course if you are thinking about pastured egg production. The investment of your time and money to do this course will pay dividends. J.

"If you're after excellent training in free range pig farming - this is it!!  A fantastic combination of practical, theory with  wealth of experience makes this a 'MUST DO'' course for all pig farmers."
Fiona O'Rourke - Braestone Ridge

"An excellent course.  Fully worthwhile for those interested in pigs as a lifestyle or a commercial aspect.  Well done."
  Daniel Todd

"Excellent start to free range pig farming - very informative!!"

"Fantastic! Very informative with chance to establish networks with other interested people"  Vicky Sisson

"A very thorough coverage of how to get started including the pitfalls"
  Kim House

"I thoroughly recommend attending the free range pig seminar to get an insight into whether free range pig farming is for you or not.  There is a lot to consider from go to whoa, so I suggest some research before attending so you know what it is you want to get out of this seminar.  I am so much better informed to make a decision.  Thanks Lee!!  Joanne Stritch

"So much information and all of it was very understandable and I don't have pigs!"  Liz Doyle

"Even after having pigs on the farm for 15 years I learn't tons from this course".  Peter Barge

"A wonderful informative and stimulating experience enhanced by viewing a birth and hands on handling procedures in caring for free range pigs."  Doreen McGuiness

"Important information for anyone wanting learn and understand real free range pork production" Janet Jeffs

"This weekend was so helpful for me to make my decision more clear on the direction I am going with my pigs".
  Garth







Certificate III in Pork Production

Completion of a 2 day pig course will entitle you to recognition for prior learning through NSW North Coast TAFE and count toward the Certificate III in Pork Production or the Pork Industry Stockperson Skill Set should you wish to formalize your training.  Contact us for details.
CTAFE
Completion of our 2 day pig training course will mean that you can transfer the 4 units over to TAFE should you wish to complete the Certificate III in Pig Production.  TAFE will give recognition of prior learning for the units you successfully complete with us!
Completion of our 2 day pig training course will mean that you can transfer the 4 units over to TAFE should you wish to complete the Certificate III in Pig Production.  TAFE will give recognition of prior learning for the units you successfully complete with us!
Completion of our 2 day pig training course will mean that you can transfer the 4 units over to TAFE should you wish to complete the Certificate III in Pig Production.  TAFE will give recognition of prior learning for the units you successfully complete with us!
Completion of our 2 day pig training course will mean that you can transfer the 4 units over to TAFE should you wish to complete the Certificate III in Pig Production.  TAFE will give recognition of prior learning for the units you successfully complete with us!
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