Rearing Pigs - Free Range Pig Production Courses
Free Range farming management courses will be one or two day-long workshops designed to teach people about owning, rearing and breeding pigs and free range pig production as well as advanced classes designed around competency requirements. Hosted by Lee McCosker (Dip. Ag - Pig Production, Dip Ag - Applied Animal Nutrition, Dip. Sustainability, CertIV Training and Assessment), you'll be learning from someone with over 15 years experience in breeding, marketing and studying free range, pastured pigs. Lee is a qualified trainer and assessor and an advocate for the small producer and also the author of Free Range Pig Farming - Starting Out in Pastured Pigs, Pastured Pigs on a Small Scale and Pigs, Pasture & Profit.
The course comprises of two full days on the farm. They are hands on and focus on small scale free range and pasture based systems. You'll learn about subjects such as pig behaviour, fencing, housing and watering systems, feeding and nutrition, breeding management, environmental management, food safety, accreditation and quality assurance, record keeping, The Code of Practice and how it relates to your farm, council and industry requirements and more.
Saturday - An Introduction to Free Range Pig Farming
Sunday - Advanced Pig Handling
You can choose to do just the one day introductory course or do both courses over the two days.
Once you have completed both days (2 Day Pig Course) and on successful completion of your assessments, be issued with the School of Free Range Farm Management Certificate in Free Range Pig Management and Handling.
We are not a registered training organization (RTO) While we follow all the guidelines and protocols, huge fees needed to be registered would make our courses way to expensive. Your learning experience will be the same as if we were an RTO. If demand changes, we may consider registration.
An Introduction to Free Range Pig Production - Online
This self paced course is designed for those wishing to prepare themselves for a free range farming venture or those that already own pigs that want to learn more. You will be able to complete each module online at a time that is suitable to you. Now also with online assessment.
Lee McCosker will guide you through animal welfare and comply with industry requirements, legislation and councils approvals, industry outline, free range drivers, pig breeds, nutrition and growing a marketable pig, dealing with abattoirs and butchers, market options and meeting client carcass specifications and of course setting up a free range farm. more info...
Online Course Application
"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