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Smallholding Courses: 

Looking to start a smallholding? Not sure where to start, or just want to experience farming? Then come and spend a week with us on the farm!  We offer a flexible mixture of relaxed classroom sessions and LOTS of hands on work with our cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry which will ensure that you will leave our farm confident to start your own. The farming holidays cover similar areas but with no classroom sessions. Courses are £650 per person. The price includes accommodation in a large shared house with individual bedrooms and two bathrooms. all utilities are included with unlimited WIFI. Courses are fully catered, In addition, there will of course be a steady stream of tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day and some cider and wine for dinner.

 Download the brochure here:

Smallholding courses cover:

  •  Grassland management & grazing strategies.

  •  Tractor and machinery use.

  •  Sheep general care & handling. 

  •  Cattle general care & handling.

  •  Lambing and calving.

  •  Breeding strategies.

  •  Pig general care & handling.

  •  Other animal care including poultry and goats.

  •  Sheep/cattle/pig production systems.

  •  Choice and breeds of livestock. 

  •  Basic animal medical care and common conditions and treatments.

  •  A farming year.

  •  Legal requirements and paperwork.

  •  Basic equipment required to get your smallholding going.

We welcome families and children. Contact us to book your week with us. 

Course dates for spring 2020:

  • 2nd - 9th May - 4 Places left. 

  • 23rd - 30th May - 4 Places left. 

  • If you are a group of 3 or more, we can offer you bespoke dates. 

Get in touch to book your place or find out more. 



Transport to our farm is the only cost to add on to the week. Getting to us is actually quite easy. There are regular flights to Limoges airport from all over the UK . There are trains from London to La Souterrain, and if you want to drive there is Le Shuttle or various ferry crossings. We offer free pick up and drop off from Limoges airport and La Souterrain train station. Contact us for all transport options available from all over the UK. 


"Such an awesome week. Thanks so much to Sven for looking after us and allowing us to play with your cows and pigs and tractors. Learnt alot and has confirmed that our dream of owning a smallholding is not just a dream!"


"We have come back from an awesome week with Sven at Élevage Jolivet. 
It was great fun, informative, and brilliant for anyone wanting a hands on farming experience. 
With access to animals, tractors (large and small), land maintenance, and of course red wine and cheese. 
Would recommend to anyone who is looking at farming or small holding or wanting to experience some rural France."


Find us at: 1 La Ribiere, 23140, Creuse, France

Call us on:    00447815699505

e-mail at: elevagejolivet@gmail.com

Company Registration Number: 11624603,  Kemp House, 160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX, UNITED KINGDOM