Large Animal Livestock Skills Training

About the Animal Handling and Work Health and Safety Training

This is a one-week residential school offered by 4 Up Skilling Pty Ltd (TOID 32141) and is held at the University of Melbourne Dookie Campus and nearby properties.

Dookie Campus is located off the Midland Highway halfway between the cities of Shepparton and Benalla in central Victoria, and about 200km north of Melbourne. For more information about Dookie Campus, please see: http://students.fvas.unimelb.edu.au/fvas-programs/intensive-subjects-at-dookie

The residential school will provide students with exposure to 5 specific training activities held during the week, with students split into groups of 12-15 for each activity and with each activity involving one day's training. The training conducted involves livestock handling skills for Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Poultry and Horses with Work Health and Safety on farm incorporated into each training activity. Each activity involves one day's training and has a strong practical skill focus around:

  • Common breeds
  • Correct livestock handling techniques
  • Move and muster livestock
  • Correct catching techniques
  • Restraining techniques
  • Safe work practices handling large animals

Training Dates

Group 1 - Monday 12 February – Friday 16 February, 2018
Group 2 - Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July, 2018
(Arriving Sunday afternoon to commence early on Monday).

Please note: there is a maximum of 65 students per group. Once 65 students are registered in one group, the remaining students will be automatically enrolled in the other group.

Registration

When registering, you need to make two payments:

  1. The course fees (made to 4 Up Skilling directly), and;
  2. Accommodation and catering (made to the University of Melbourne).

Please register for the course online and pay the course fees here: https://regonline.com/2018lahworkshop
Use access code: 2018.

Registrations will open at 9.00am on Monday 15 January 2018 and close for both workshops at 5.00pm on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Accommodation

Once you have registered for a course, you also need to register and pay for accommodation here: http://ecommerce.vet.unimelb.edu.au/product.asp?pID=60&cID=24

The cost for 5 nights' accommodation and catering is $440.

If you plan on staying off-campus, please contact Jacinta Way to make a catering-only booking.

Course Fees

Cost of the training (excluding accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner) is $275 per eligible student* or $525.80 for all other participants#.

Course fees are inclusive of all amenities (morning tea inclusive), course materials, tuition and bus travel. Students will make payment for the training to 4 Up Skilling directly via the online registration process.

* An eligible ​student ​is an ​Australian ​or ​New ​Zealand ​resident, ​who ​does ​not ​hold ​a ​qualification ​at ​Certificate ​II ​level ​or ​above, ​OR ​who ​is ​under ​20 ​years ​of ​age ​as ​at ​1​ ​January ​2018. ​ ​ 

# An ineligible student (all other participants) ​is ​a ​person ​who ​is ​over ​20 ​years ​of ​age ​as ​at ​1 January 2018 ​and ​holds ​a ​qualification ​at ​Certificate ​II ​level ​or ​above, ​or ​who ​is ​not ​an ​Australian ​or ​New ​Zealand ​resident. ​ 

For more information regarding your eligibility status, please contact 4 Up Skilling on 03 5795 3276 or email slister@4upskilling.com.au.

Please note, a 4.95% online credit card service fee is payable at registration.

Transportation

Students are also responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation to Dookie. Students can either drive or take public transport.

Driving

Dookie is a 2.5 to 3-hour drive from the Parkville campus. Do not rely on a GPS unit to give you directions. The GPS unit often will land you about 10kms away not knowing where you are! See the map at the bottom of this page for further instructions.
If you are driving up on Sunday, a University of Melbourne staff member will be on duty to allocate rooms between 3.00pm and 6.00pm.

Public Transport

If you prefer to take public transport, you can catch a V-Line train from Southern Cross train station to Benalla train station and be picked up by 4 Up Skilling.

Catch the V-Line train on Sunday afternoon that leaves Southern Cross train station at 12.05pm and arrives in Benalla at 2.25pm. You must book your own ticket for the train.
If you require 4 Up Skilling to pick you up, please be sure to email Sam Lister at slister@4upskilling.com.au to arrange this.

If you miss the train, or choose to take another one, the taxi fare from Benalla train station to the Dookie campus will be around $80.

Please note that students will need to provide their own dinner for the Sunday night.

On the final day (Friday afternoon), you will be taken to Benalla train station to catch a 6.37pm service back to Melbourne (arrives at Southern Cross train station at 9.45pm).

Please double check the times/service in case there are any changes before you leave at http://www.vline.com.au/

Key Times

Day 1 - Commences on Monday at 8.30am (this includes site induction). Students should arrive by 8.00am to get settled and be ready to start at 8.30am.

Each subsequent training day will commence at 9.00am and finish at 4.00pm, with the exception of the Beef Cattle & Dairy Cattle session which will leave Dookie at 8.30am. The buses will not be waiting, so you must make sure that you are on time.

Dress Code

Dress sensibly throughout the training - wear clothing suitable for working on a farm (eg. overalls, long pants, t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt). Please ensure that you bring:

  • Steel cap leather work boots or steel cap rubber boots*
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Raincoat
  • Drink Bottle

* Please note, if you have unsuitable footwear, you will be unable to take part in the hands-on training.

Training schedule

Beef Cattle - Livestock handling workshop

This practical hands-on workshop will cover:

  • Work Health and Safety
  • Safe handling facilities
  • Breeds
  • Basic animal instinct and flight zones
  • How to apply appropriate pressure and release to move stock
  • How to avoid placing animals under stress
  • Animal restraint
  • Stock movement in paddock
  • Fat and condition scoring, age assessment
  • Animal identification

Dairy Cattle – Livestock handling workshop

This practical hands-on workshop will cover:

  • Work Health and Safety
  • Main dairy breeds
  • Basic animal instinct
  • How to avoid placing animals under stress
  • How to apply appropriate pressure and release to move stock
  • Cups-on, cups-off in a working dairy

Sheep - Livestock handling workshop

This practical hands-on one day workshop will cover:

  • Work Health and Safety
  • Safe handling facilities
  • Main breeds of sheep and their use
  • Basic animal instinct and flight zones
  • How to apply appropriate pressure and release to move stock
  • How to avoid placing animals under stress
  • Animal restraint
  • Stock movement in paddock
  • Fat and condition scoring, age assessment
  • Animal identification
  • Shearing, crutching

Poultry – Care for and handle poultry workshop

This practical hands-on workshop will cover:

  • Work Health and Safety
  • Following biosecurity procedures
  • Setting up catching equipment
  • Moving birds into catching area
  • Catching and handling birds

Horses - Care for and handle horses workshop

This practical hands-on workshop will cover:

  • Working safely with horses
  • Completing stable routines efficiently
  • Selecting horses for a range of purposes
  • Horse identification
  • Completing daily horse maintenance
  • Catching and tying up horses
  • Grooming or rugging horses
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Dentition
  • Feed requirements

Accreditation

Students who enrol with 4 Up Skilling can access nationally accredited training. This Residential is linked to the following units of competency from AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture:

Unit Code Unit name
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCLSK205 Handle livestock using basic techniques
AHCLSK210 Muster and move livestock
AHCHBR203A Provide daily care for horses
AHCWOL201 Pen sheep
AHCPLY206 Catch and load poultry


Students who complete the accredited training successfully will be issued with a Statement of Attainment by 4 Up Skilling. Those students who wish to complete the full Certificate II in Agriculture qualification can use these units as credit towards their studies.

Please note, students who attend the Large Animal Livestock Training Residential school, and are in Australia on a 573 Visa, are unable to enrol in accredited training with 4 Up Skilling. These students can still register online to complete the equivalent, non-accredited training associated with the one-week residential. They will be provided with a Certificate of Participation acknowledging their attendance and active participation in the program.


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth
government funding to eligible individuals.

Map - Dookie Campus