An Introduction to Keeping Sheep course at Kate Humble's Farm Humble By Nature
Tutor Tim Stephens for An Introduction to Keeping Sheep course at Kate Humble's Farm Humble By Nature Kate Humble on the sheep keeping course at Humble By Nature Tim Stephens running the sheep keeping course at Humble By Nature

Course Agenda

Arrive for tea, coffee and a tasty bite to start the day
Getting to know the basics

This first session in the classroom will teach you the basics of keeping sheep. Tim will take you through the sheep-owner’s calendar and look at the practical considerations, including: choosing breeds; type and size of land; fencing; and managing your flock – keeping a flock book, lambing, shearing and slaughter.

The important bits

Learn about your legal obligations and practicalities of keeping sheep: getting a CPH (Country Parish Holding) number; getting a flock number; tagging and movement orders; how to move your animals.

Getting hands on with the sheep

You’ll spend time in our smallholding fields looking at the amount of land, breeds and getting to know the flock.


Looking after animals is always hungry work! We’ll eat a delicious home-made lunch in the barn. This is a lovely opportunity to discuss what you’ve learned so far, get to know your fellow course members and enjoy some great local food.

Common health problems

Learn how to spot and treat the most & not so common diseases, including: worms, foot problems, flystrike and orf.

Course closes

We’ll finish the day with a cup of tea, some well deserved treats and the opportunity to ask any further questions.

Sheep for Beginners

Saturday 29th Apr 2017

A beginners's guide to buying and keeping happy & healthy sheep.

Our farmer Tim Stephens has worked with sheep all his life and has a wealth of knowledge about all things ovine. We have a variety of sheep in our special smallholding areas - including Jacobs, Badger-Face and Horn Dorsets - as well as Tim's own commercial flock of Welsh mountain and Texel sheep on the farm.

You will learn everything from choosing a breed, how much land you need, shelters, feeding & keeping them healthy, to practical matters like dealing with flystrike and trimming feet. Join us for a thoroughly practical, informative and fun day and leave with the confidence to start keeping your own sheep.

This course is the ideal next step from Smallholding for Beginners if you would like to learn more about keeping sheep.

Tim Stephens Farmer and smallholding tutor at Humble by Nature catching a sheep

Our farmer Tim grew up on a farm and has been farming all his life. Originally from Blaina in the Welsh Valleys, with his wife Sarah (who works in a nearby veterinary surgery) Tim now runs the Humble by Nature farm just outside Monmouth.

What to bring and other essential info

This is a hands-on course both indoors and out in the fields so bring clothes that are weather-proof and that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty! You will be able to handle the animals as much or as little as you would like.

If you or your partner are pregnant please read the advice from the NHS about lambing before booking your course. We lamb from February to April.

Reviews & Tweets about this course

Once again, a brilliant day.


What a wonderful day! Informative, useful and above all inspiring! Thank you so much.


I have had such a lovely day! Sheep keeping here we come!


Great day, nice informal feel and confidence building.


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