Nanodairy Gathering at Monkton Wyld Court A training course and information sharing event for people who keep, or are planning to keep, from one to five dairy cows.
Course Date 9th, 10th & 11th October 2018
Course detail Dairy cows can be very productive and keeping a small number remains a viable option in countries as diverse as Austria, Russia and India. In the UK, small-scale cow husbandry almost died out but is now experiencing a revival.
However, dairying requires a wide range of skills: information specific to small scale operations is thin on the ground; if you only have two or three cows to look after, learning by your mistakes over the years can be a slow and expensive process.
This three-day training course, centred around our three Jersey cows, is designed for people who already keep cows and want to learn more; and for people considering starting up a small dairy.
The third day, on cheese-making, is optional.
Accommodation and meals are provided at the venue. Monkton Wyld Court is a large Victorian rectory near Lyme Regis, which houses a non-ideological community, and has beds for up to 35 guests.
For prices, further information and booking, please contact: Simon Fairlie 01297 561359 or (preferably) email firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction. Field tour: grass management; hay and silage making. Feeding cows; Followers.
Farmyard tour; buildings and fencing ; handling cows.
Meeting hygiene regulations; raw or pasteurized milk.?
How to produce raw milk of a very high standard, with Christine
Page of Smiling Tree Farm
Cow care and veterinary matters — a presentation by J.J. van
Dijk, of Coombefield vets:
Marketing and Economics
Dairy lay out and equipment
Processing including pasteurization, yoghurt, butter, different cheeses, ice cream etc.
Basic cheese-making demonstrations,, explaing how to make different kinds of cheese, including more than one kind from the same vat of milk.
Tuition in hand-milking for novices.
PRICES - Attendance at the Nanodairy gathering 9-10 October 2018 (including lunches) £85 - Attendance at cheesemaking demonstration 11 October (including lunch), £30 - Two course evening meal £10 - Dorm (single-sex shared room, no breakfast, make your bed and bring your towel) £25 per person per night - Bed and Breakfast (double room) £50 per room per night - Bed and Breakfast (single-sex shared room) £35 per night - Camping (in February?) and camper vans £15 per night
Meals are vegetarian with an abundance of home produced dairy products. We can accommodate most dietary requirements. There is a bar on the premises and our whey-fed home-reared pork sausages can be barbecued.
Attendance at the event is limited and already partially booked up. If you require further information about the content of the course please email email@example.com