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Practical Sheep Handling and Management

About the course


This course aims to encourage all those who work with sheep to follow the highest standards of husbandry, this involves careful handling, understanding flight paths and sheep instinct. It is a practical course aimed at developing skills and competence in those who work with sheep across the sector.

“Without good stockmanship, animal welfare can never be properly protected” (Defra, 2003)

What are the entry requirements?

A level of practical skills, you will need to be able to independently follow oral instructions, observe and report behaviours.

The keeping of livestock in the UK requires the completion of accurate written records, exemplars will be given to practice/record.

Experience of sheep is useful but not essential.

How long is the course?

5 hours

What will the course involve?

Learners will be briefed on best practice in sheep handling and management for specific production purposes. Learners will participate in the handling of sheep for a range of routine husbandry tasks. Learners will record tasks and other health/medication details as required.

How long will I be learning?

5 hours

What equipment will I need?

You will need standard farm PPE (personal protective equipment)

· Clean overalls

· Clean waterproof leggings

· Clean wellington boots

How will I know if I am making progress?

Tutor will give oral feedback on progress from performance in set tasks which will involve ability to adapt to changing situations.

From initial assessment of skills, the course aim is to develop professional competence through practice.

What course work will I be expected to complete?

This is a practical course, however, the keeping of all livestock in the UK requires the maintenance of accurate records, exemplars will be given to practice/use.

What can I expect to learn from this course?

· Appropriate sheep handling

· Codes of recommendations for the welfare of farmed sheep

· Routine husbandry tasks for sheep welfare

· Sheep flight paths/instincts

· Completion of documents associated with sheep management

What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?

Introduction to Smallholding

Practical Cattle Handling

The Lambing Ewe


Dry Stone Walling

Our own dairy cows
Our own dairy cows


Myerscough College is one of the leading institutions for Agriculture in the UK. Our courses will help prepare you for a career in the industry, by combining relevant background skills with the knowledge of crop and livestock technology as well as business enterprise.

There is currently a significant demand for highly trained and well educated professionals to enter the industry. This has been fuelled by the increasing awareness that food production, farming, tourism, the environment and rural affairs are all interconnected.

Nicola Chappelhow
Nicola Chappelhow

They say: Nicola Chappelhow

"Myerscough gave me a great understanding of different types of agriculture and set me up nicely for my job as a milk recorder."


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Oliver McEntyre.jpg

Alumni – Oliver McEntyre

To anyone looking to study Agriculture or Countryside at Myerscough College, I’d say go, embrace it & leave with the knowledge that the qualification will stay with you for the rest of your career and open doors that might not have been opened without the time and experience Myerscough offers.

Meet Oliver

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Want to get on the road to gaining a Level 3 qualification in the sector? Or perhaps you're an agriculture employer willing to offer work placements? Contact us today!

Email: skillsbootcamp@myerscough.ac.uk 


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