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Organic Livestock Farming
An approach to animal production which benefits the environment, animal welfare, human health and farm economics
Organic farming avoids the use of artificial chemicals, with animals also given access to the outdoors and kept in living conditions that accommodate their natural behaviour. The organic movement started in the 1950s in reaction to land being cleared by large machinery and harmful chemicals to enable large-scale food production and the industrialisation of the farming process. With the introduction of organic certification and the growth of the organic farming sector and demand for organic products, this method of farming is here to stay. This course teaches the principles and techniques of organic livestock farming. You will study topics including how to convert to organic production and meet the standards criteria; the importance of manure and rotational systems; feeding organic stock; housing standards; disease prevention; and marketing organic meat. The course can provide a route into a farming career and is also ideal for those already working in livestock farming who wish to convert to organic production or for leisure learners with a keen interest in this subject.
- An course that provides a detailed understanding of organic livestock farming and how to convert to organic production
- Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life
- Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
- On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate
- Suitable for both amateurs and professionals
- No previous experience needed
How the course works
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.
This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by organic farming experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
What you will learn
Lesson 1 – Organic certification bodies
- Guaranteeing the product
- How to keep within the standards criteria
- Changing to organic production
- Stages of converting the farm to organic production
- Two ways of converting a farm
- Misconception on organic farming
- Modern farm problems
- Five freedoms – animal welfare
- General principles of livestock in organic systems
- Stocking rates for inside housing/yards/outside fields/pastures
- Breeds best suited for organic systems
- Carcass classification
- Integration of organic breed
- Record keeping in organic systems
- The conversion plan
- Specific livestock records
Lesson 2 – The importance of manure
- Storage management
- Planning where use of liquid manures is possible
- Organic standards of nitrogen application
- How to work out the total n production from a holding
- The benefit of individual organic livestock
- Rotations within livestock system
- Pasture management
- Livestock production progress
- Introducing white clover
- Management priorities for different stock
- The importance of ph
- Seed mixtures in organic livestock systems
- Grazing systems on organic farms
- Grass growth
- Fodder crops in livestock systems
- Weed control
- Value of weeds
- Managing upland grassland
- Pasture management for outdoor pigs
Lesson 3 – Feeding organic stock
- Recording animal feeds
- Diets for ruminants
- Feeding the dairy cow on a fully organic farm
- Obtaining the correct balance
- Feed materials implemented in gm’s
- Comparing protein levels oilseeds
- Use of non-organic feeds
- Home grown feed
- Feed materials allowed with dm percentage
- Minerals and vitamins in organic feeding
- Ingredients not allowed in organic feeds
- Diets for non-ruminants
- Feeding pigs
- Feed conversion efficiency (fce)
- Livestock feeding summary
- Housing standards within organic units
- Space requirements
- Housing systems for different types of stock
- Building hygiene
- Housing summary
Lesson 4 – The animal’s own resistance to disease
- Organic animal health plan
- Points to remember when drawing up the plan
- Principals of disease prevention in organic livestock
- Specific health problems associated with organic production
- Worm control in organic stock
- Main types of internal parasites that cause illness
- Clean grazing system
- Control specific diseases in organic systems for dairy cattle
- Controlling specific diseases in organic systems for sheep
- Pigs, poultry
- Homeopathy in organic systems
- Summary on health in organic systems
- Summary – how to control intestinal worms in sheep
Lesson 5 – Consumers’ needs
- Labelling organic food
- General points on the state of the organic market
- Selling the product
- Direct sales
- The ‘traditional’ types of marketing
- Multiple retailers
- Customer relations
- Advertising the product
- Supply and demand
- Creating the right image
- Creating a marketing plan
- Know the business
- Marketing and selling all types of organic meat
- The development of organic meat marketing
- How much do you know about organics?
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
You do not need previous farming knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:
- Pay the total course fee in one sum of £295 and also receive a special Gift from our selection – free. Please click here to view the gifts
- Pay with a deposit of £95 now, followed by 4 instalments of £50
To enrol by phone, please call us on Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777.