Care and Management Course is a one day introductory course designed for those interested in becoming involved with cattle. The course assists participants in developing skills in care, handling and management of cattle. All those questions you ever wanted to ask will be answered in a information packed day plus lots of practical tips that you will not find in any book. Chief instructor is Margo Hayes author of Small Cattle for Small Farms published by CSIRO.

2016 DATES:     July 9th and October 15th

THE PROGRAM: A wide range of topics will be covered including:infrastructure requirements, husbandry & nutrition, how and when to vaccinate, methods of identification, showing, marketing and promotion, beef production and Government requirements.

Course is delivered with both indoor and outdoor instruction including a tour of Vitulus stud and commercial animals.

COST: $355 Per person per day or $660 per couple. Includes copy of book Small Cattle for Small Farms, class materials, lectures, lunch, refreshments, and farm tour.

TIMES:        9am to 3pm

Email us for more information or go to our page on the website to book

What others have said about the course:

I did one of your cattle management courses back in March. I wanted to thank you for your hospitality and I really enjoyed the day. It gave me so much joy and confidence and a new appreciation. I remember leaving your course so happy I did it. So thank you so much. I think you are amazing and you have helped me understand so much about handing the cattle here. In fact I put it into practice straight away handling the cattle here. Maria 2015
Jane and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and found it very informative. We will probably attend it again before we get started as there was a lot to digest in a short time. We both think the practical no nonsense approach serves well as any squeamish romantics would be weeded out! John & Jane March 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the course.   It was great you opened up your property to novices and didn’t treat them like “twits” like some farmers brought up on the land can do to novices.  You are an excellent teacher and don’t assume any knowledge. Excellent balance of theory and practical. Reading your book after the course made it much easier to understand. R Capern Sep 2013

I would like to thank you for the Cattle Care Course on Saturday. What an excellent day! I have never attended a course anywhere ever where so much practical information was given, every thing that I needed to know was covered. Excellent, Thanks very much . Lynne Bower April 2011

I would like to say that we both thoroughly enjoyed the day and your presentation which was flowing, answered every question and gave us a lot of food for thought. Your candid responses allowed us to see the breed in a very clear light. …We found the technical info answered a lot of questions about viability, breakeven analysis and to really understand what one would be getting into…..Also those steak burgers tasted great. We would recommend that anyone wanting to know ..should invest in the field day. I believe your fee is very reasonable and is value for money. A Rota April 2011

We really enjoyed the course and it covered most things for us.   We really liked the flexibility in that you covered everything people asked and appreciated you showing us how to apply ear tags when it wasn’t on your program. Greg and Janet Cumberland 2010.

My daughter and I attended the work shop day at Vitulus in April 2009, having previously attended an Open Day. We went along thinking that we had chosen our breed and were really wanting to learn more about day to day care for small cattle on our 80 hectare property. But it very quickly became obvious that this was a great educational day- we learnt so much on so many aspects- from the pros and cons of electric fences, to cattle yard and crush set ups, and came away wanting to do more research on the best breeds for us. Above all, it was open and honest teaching- no pushing of Lowline and Vitulus – but opening our minds to a variety of options. We really appreciated Margo and her helpers time- I am sure they have not heard or seen the last of us. And the social aspects and Lowline beefburgers for lunch were great. Dr John Jackson (05.05.09).