Animal Production: Small Stock (Sheep, Goats, Pigs)

The Purpose of this skills program is to provide learners with a basic understanding as well as application of: The correct handling of animals, treatment of pests and diseases, correct on-farm feeding practices, basic breeding behaviour and the harvesting of animal products

In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of animal production and agriculture ensuring profitability of agricultural enterprises.

Target Audience

The range of typical learners include persons interested in gaining a better understanding of basic agricultural practices and start their own farming enterprise.

Duration

15 Days / or 10 Days (Limited)

Attendees Min./Max.

Minimum of 10 / Maximum of 20

Form of Assessment

Portfolio of Evidence

Formative assessment: Evidence of performance will be collected continuously as Learners progress and will be considered in the final determination of the learners capabilities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

– Handle, control, move and load sheep.

– Determine the age, weight, condition of sheep. Numbering and marking of sheep.

– Feeding sheepwith the use of concentrate and roughage self feeders.

– Care of pregnant ewes and ewes after weaning.

– Rendering first-aid to ewes with lambing problems. Weaning of lambs.

– Care of rams before, during and after mating season.

– Feeding and care of sheep during periods of drought.

– Recognising signs of good health and disorder of sheep.

– Crutching, foot dipping and care of hooves of sheep.

– Dipping, dosing and inoculation of sheep.

– Fostering a lamb.

– Castration of lambs (knife, bloodless and rubber ring methods).

– Record keeping.

– Selection of ewes for fertility and selection of ewe-lambs for breeding.

– Implementation of flock-mating, group mating and mating by hand.