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Agriculture & Farming Courses
Our Hungry Planet: Agriculture, People and Food Security
starts 18 May 2015
Food security is a complex, global issue in which we all play a part. In this free online course, you'll join experts from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, to investigate our relationship with agriculture and your own food habits. You'll meet food producers around the world and travel around the world from Europe to Africa to Asia, learning about the challenges of growing crops and managing livestock at the regional, national, community and household level.
The Horse Course: Introduction to Basic Care and Management
starts 16 Mar 2015
More than 100 million horses, donkeys and mules live in the world today, and owners of these animals can be found on almost every continent and in almost every society. The Horse Course covers many unique aspects of equine ownership and touches upon the science behind many present-day management practices. The course is intended for a wide audience, ranging from novices interested in learning more about horses, donkeys and mules to experienced owners who are interested in the science behind current management techniques.
Chicken Behaviour and Welfare
starts 3 Apr 2015
In this free course, you’ll examine the general principles of chicken behaviour and welfare, and the behavioural and physiological indicators that can be used to assess welfare in chickens, from hobby flocks through to commercial farms. The focus is primarily on laying hens and meat chickens (broilers) although many of the principles are relevant to other types of poultry. The course is likely to be of interest to people who own chickens as pets or keep a small hobby flock, commercial egg and chicken meat producers, veterinarians and vet nurses.