Farmer Tim’s tips for starting a smallholding

Tim feeding sheep

Starting a smallholding can seem like a daunting prospect but it’s also incredibly satisfying. Here are Humble by Nature Farmer Tim’s tips for things to think about when you’re starting out:

  1.  Do your research and work out how much land you’ll need. DO you want to grow food and keep animals? Have you got suitable land for both?
  1.  Make sure you understand the legal requirements involved in keeping animals: registering your land and getting your CPH number and tagging your stock.
  1.  Think about why you want animals and look into what different breeds offer. Do you want pigs to provide meat or a small flock of sheep to handle grazing fields?
  1.  Get some hands-on experience of looking after animals: lots of courses around now will give you this, including those at Humble by Nature.
  1.  Always buy your animals from a reputable breeder or someone you know and make sure the breeds you want will suit your locality.
  1.  Be prepared to be outside all year round in all weathers: invest in some good waterproofs, sturdy boots and a hat!

If you’re ready to take the plunge, take a look at our animal husbandry courses, including Sheep for Beginners, Pigs for Beginners, Sustainable Bee-Keeping and Smallholding.

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