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Raising livestock and growing crops – a course that delivers a great mix
Traditionally, a wide range of crops and livestock were reared on every farm to spread the risk of any one crop or product failing. In addition, each part of the system also supported the others, for example manure from livestock was used to maintain soil fertility, and feed crops could be grown as part of an arable rotation, breaking pest/disease cycles naturally – leading to a particularly sustainable form of farming. This course gives learners a solid understanding of the principles and practices of mixed livestock and crop production. It is suitable for those wishing to change to an agricultural career (especially if interested in mixed farming), those already working in the industry, and also leisure learners with a keen interest in farming. You will learn about dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, arable, grassland and root crop farming, as well as exploring related topics like farm planning, animal welfare, grazing systems and weed/pest control. This course can provide a route into a farming career or a foundation for further training.
- An comprehensive course that gives a thorough grounding in mixed crop-livestock farming
- 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 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 Introduction/Principles of Cropping – Capital
- Types of farming
- Maintenance of fertility
- Farm planning
- Soil characteristics
- Drainage & irrigation
- Crops and plant growth
Lesson 2 – Principles of livestock management
- The systems of the animal body – the circulatory system, respiratory system, excretory system, nervous system, etc.
- Breeding livestock – signs of health, disease, immunity, the feeding of livestock
Lesson 3 – Principles of cropping
- Organic manures
- Crop residues
- Use of manures and fertilisers
- Crop protection
- Diseases of crops
- Weeds and herbicides
- Insect pests of crops
- Variety and the choice of seed
Lesson 4 – Grassland and forage crops
- Grasses and clovers
- Special mixtures
- Seed rates
- Establishing leys
- Grassland output
- Stocking rates
- Making use of grass
- Grazing systems
- Harvesting forage crops
- Improvement of poor grassland
- Root crops
- Various crops
Lesson 5 – Management of cattle
- Dairy breeds
- Dual purpose breeds
- Breeds of beef cattle
- Foreign or `continental’ breeds of beef cattle
- Rearing of cattle
- Calf stage
- Calf disorders
- Formulation of rations for growing cattle
- Diseases of cattle
Lesson 6 – Dairy cattle
- Milk production
- Cattle breeding
- Selection of dairy cattle
- Fundamental principles of managing dairy cows
- Feeding the dairy cow
- The art of milking – the milking machine, milk and dairies regulations, sale of milk, quotas
Lesson 7 – Arable crops
- Cereals – wheat, barley, oats, rye
- Diseases of cereals and cereal pests
- Continuous cereal growing
- Use of disposal of straw
- Other arable crops – beans, peas, etc
- Herbage seed production
- Economics of growing crops
- Labour and machinery costs
Lesson 8 – The management of sheep
- The carcass
- Wool quality
- Sheep names and terms
- The system of stratification
- Management of a breeding flock
- Early fat lamb production
- Artificial rearing of lambs
- Management of grazing sheep
- Common sheep diseases
Lesson 9 – Management of beef
- Meat in supply and demand
- The beef carcass
- Sources of and trade in beef cattle
- Breeding cattle – beef breeds
- Beef production systems
- Features to be considered in choosing a system
- Suckled calf production
- Finishing of suckled calves and stores
- Grass cereal beef
- Intensive cereal beef
- Bull beef
- Maize silage beef
Lesson 10 – Types of pig required
- Marketing pigs
- Breeds and breeding
- The MLC improvement scheme
- Selection of breeding stock
- Weaner production
- Feeding growing pigs
- Pig rations
- Practical pigmanship
- Outdoor pigs
- Taking up pig farming
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 2 ways you can enrol
- Pay the total course fee of £295 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free
- Pay a deposit of just £95, followed by 4 instalments of £50