Booking now open for the Training Weekend

Training Weekend

22nd – 24th April, Kent

We are pleased to be able to share with you the exciting itinerary for the Training Weekend that will take place in Kent.
It’s been a while since we have all been able to get together for a learning and social weekend so we’re hoping to see lots of you there.
We would love to hear from you if there are topics you would like to know more about and then we could cover them over the weekend so just get in touch.

For those or you staying on Friday night we are hoping to have an informal meal (at your own expense) so if you would like to be included please let us know. 

So just fill out the booking form and send it to me and Janet will send you an invoice for the cost (£24 pp and £12 for children)


Weekend Itinerary:

On Saturday 23rd April we will visit Hannah Delaney, Wittersham Flock, Kent

Session A

Ram Lamb Selection and Judging Stock 

Session leader – Adrian Rundle 
Selecting replacements: Ram lambs – keep or kill, retaining ewe lambs for breeding, Condition scoring, grading.

We will also use the ram assessment template,
and give members the opportunity to use this and understand the results.

What to look for when judging and selecting stock and there will be the opportunity for some stock judging.

Stuart Friswell from Signet will also be in attendance to demonstrate the scanning of muscle and fat depth giving us the opportunity to compare the results against our own assessments.

Session B
Session leader – Harry Middleditch 
Ring craft – how to stand out from the crowd
Effective Show and sale preparation
A trimming demonstration

A buffet lunch will then be served at the local village hall where we will hold the afternoon session.

Afternoon Sessions:

Session Leaders – Judith Galbraith and Adrian Rundle 

Health Planning for your flock and efficient use of medicines kindly provided by Judith Galbraith 

Subjects to cover: Health and parasite control, feeding pre-lambing/lactation, feeding for shows, sensible use of creep feeding, condition scoring and feeding for fit and fertile rams for pedigree and commercial use.

Grass roots – How to navigate the system and get the best use of it. Janet’s top tips – where members usually make mistakes.  How to effectively use

In the evening, members can meet for a meal and network (food at their own expense)

Sunday 24th April we will visit David & Vivien Miles, Two Barns, Cranbrook Road, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 4ET

Session Leaders – Adrian Rundle and Judith Galbraith

We will put into practice the learning from the previous day, using the ram assessment forms and selecting stock suitable for breeding. Members will have the chance to condition score and there will a further opportunity for stock judging & discussion.

We will have a buffet lunch which will be followed by a panel session – “Ask the experts” – members will then depart early afternoon.

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