Practical, farm-based training, delivered by vets and industry experts to improve your livestock performance

FarmSkills courses are designed to put the farmer first; finding out what you know now and what you’d like to know to improve your business. They are designed to provide practical, farm-based training, delivered by vets and industry experts.

Our trainers are also LANTRA Awards approved and our courses are DairyPro appointed.

We offer the full scope of farm training from core livestock skills through to bespoke training plans for progressive farms. We deliver Artificial Insemination training through our independent DEFRA approved licence and practical hoof-care and foot trimming to the level of NACFT licensed foot trimmer standard through our team of licensed foot trimmers.

To book your place or find out further information, please call 01765 645893 or email training@raftsolutions.co.uk
 

Cattle Training Courses

-DIY AI - Defra accredited

Trainees will be able to discuss the regulations governing AI in the UK and describe the theory of safe semen handling and AI technique. They will be able to carry out correct AI technique using abattoir specimens or models before progressing onto be able to safely perform AI in live cows to DEFRA approved standards.

-Foot Trimming

Trainees will develop knowledge in bovine locomotion, foot anatomy and function. Using this knowledge they will be able to put into practice the Dutch foot trimming method on live cows on farm.

-Preparation for Calving

Trainees will learn how to minimise calving problems by planned management of cows before and during calving.

-Mastering Medicines

The workshop aims to increase trainees’ knowledge of safety and good practice as well as outlining the legislative requirements for on farm medicines use. The course also aims to increase trainees’ understanding about the different types of medicines used and how these relate to the common diseases relevant to their farms.

-Calf Rearing - Birth to Weaning

Trainees will be able to plan and prepare for successful heifer production, building knowledge on all aspects of health and nutrition from birth through to weaning.

-Heifer Rearing - Bulling to First Calving

Trainees will learn about growth and production targets for heifer rearing and will develop knowledge on fertility, nutrition, infectious disease and parasite management in order to plan for successful heifer production.

-Introduction to Bovine Nutrition

Introduction to Bovine Nutrition: anatomy, physiology, metabolism. Trainees will develop knowledge of key nutritional principals which will be linked to practical feeding on farm. This will give attendees the ability to better understand and feeding systems and plans in practice.

-Feeding the High Yielding Dairy Cow

Trainees will be able to describe the principles behind designing and delivering a good diet to high yielding cows.

-Environmental Mastitis

Trainees will develop their understanding of the principle environmental mastitis pathogens, the basic epidemiology of these infections and the key areas of control.

-Mastitis and Milking Routines

Trainees will develop their understanding of how the milking routine has its effects on milking performance and udder health.

Sheep Training Courses

-Practical Lambing

Trainees will learn about the importance of preparation for lambing time, including discussion of pros and cons of housing for lambing, nutrition, body condition scoring and what equipment is necessary.

-Smallholder Skills

This course is designed as an introduction to caring for sheep. The course provides the background knowledge of the skills required and leads into the other FarmSkills courses such as sheep lameness, lambing, sheep nutrition and parasite control.

-Lameness

The workshop covers the most common causes of lameness in sheep, their identification, treatment and prevention.

-Mastering Medicines

The workshop aims to increase trainees’ knowledge of safety and good practice as well as outlining the legislative requirements for on farm medicines use. The course also aims to increase trainees’ understanding about the different types of medicines used and how these relate to the common diseases relevant to their farms.

-Parasite Control

Trainees will learn the common external parasites of sheep, their life-cycles, clinical signs, methods of identification, treatment and prevention. The workshop also looks at the epidemiology of the common internal parasitic diseases of sheep their treatment and control methods for each and the importance of avoiding the spread of anthelmintic resistance.