Duchy College Rural Business School
The RBS has become the first ever land-based college to be awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
Duchy College Rural Business School
Vocational training can now be accredited with an Edexcel qualification through Duchy College
Duchy College Rural Business School
Working throughout the agricultural industry with a diverse range of people, groups and organisations
Prioritising sustainable agriculture and resource management
Duchy College Rural Business School
Increasing knowledge, productivity and efficiency in agriculture and forestry

Latest Projects

Rural Business Skills Programme
Support for rural skills development with range of part founded training courses, workshops and...
Challenge of Rural Leadership
Leadership training opportunities for managers, sole traders, owners, partners and supervisors.
New agronomy training opportunities for farmers and advisers.

Short Courses & Events

24th April 2014

Dates: Thursday 24th April, Thursday 8th May, Wednesday 21st May & Monday 2nd June 201

24th April 2014

Course overview

24th April 2014

Who is this course for?

  • Farm Health Online
    Farm Health Online

    Farm Health Online is a new web-based knowledge hub funded by the USA-based Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) programme, managed by the Rural Business School, providing practical advice and information on positive health and welfare planning and management to farmers, advisors, and veterinarians.

    With an emphasis on sustainability and grounded in sound science, the site will contain comprehensive up-to-date guide of relevant diseases affecting cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry detailing the condition, aetiology and best practice methods of control and prevention, all presented in an accessible and user-friendly format.

    Farm Health Online is a new web-based knowledge hub funded by the USA-based Animal Welfare...

    Farm Health Online
  • Layers and Game Birds Initiative
    South West Layers and Game Birds Initiative

    A RDPE initiative delivered by the Rural Business School. The South West Layers and Game Bird Initiative offers funding for training events, technical conferences and flock health improvement activities for egg producers and Game Bird keepers throughout the south west.

    The project, which has been formulated in close association with the West Country Layers Association (WCLA), is a coordinated, structured and inclusive programme of animal health and welfare knowledge exchange and training support for the benefit of egg producers and game bird keepers across South West England.

    A RDPE initiative delivered by the Rural Business School. The South West Layers and Game Bird...

    South West Layers and Game Birds Initiative
  • Peninsula Partnership for the Rural Environment

    The Peninsular Partnership for the Rural Environment is an important collaboration between four major institutions in the South West, designed to deliver more for agriculture and the rural environment. Individually all of the institutions are very highly regarded in their particular fields. Each has an impressive record of service to the land-based industries and the rural sector.

    Together, the partnership is a powerful force for and in the South West. For stakeholders in the rural environment, it provides wider and exceptional expertise and more resources across more disciplines.

    The Peninsular Partnership for the Rural Environment is an important collaboration between four...

    PPRE
  • SWHLI Knowledge Exchange

    In recognition of the importance of the livestock sector to the South West region, the South West Regional Development Agency has committed £12.17m of European Development Funding over five years for a SW Healthy Livestock Initiative. This represents an exciting opportunity for farmers, and those wishing to work with farmers on methods of treating or controlling of disease.

    The livestock sector is important within the South West, with 25% of the national population of livestock being reared within the region. The aim of the programme is to achieve an uplift in the profitability of the South West livestock industry by improving health and welfare among farmed animals. This project is RDPE funded and is being delivered through the South West of England Regional Development Agency, with Defra as the Managing Authority.

    In recognition of the importance of the livestock sector to the South West region, the South...

    SWHLI Knowledge Exchange
  • SWARM Knowledge Hub

    The RDPE funded SWARM Knowledge Hub provides a vast compendium of knowledge materials on resource management for farmers and growers, to help them manage natural resources efficiently and make the right business decisions.

    It is largely divided into six key resource themes of soils, nutrients and manures, water, energy efficiency, renewable technologies and trees and wood.

    The RDPE funded SWARM Knowledge Hub provides a vast compendium of knowledge materials on...

    SWARM Knowledge Hub
  • Healthy Livestock

    Healthy Livestock is a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)-funded project, developed by a range of organisations and led by the Rural Business School as part of the South West Healthy Livestock Initiative (SWHLI).

    The Healthy Livestock project is focused on controlling the incidence of mastitis, lameness, BVD, Johne's disease and respiratory diseases in cattle and lameness, nutrition, breeding and parasite control in sheep, by providing up to 70% funding towards vet and adviser consultations, diagnostic tests, farmer discussion groups and a programme of training events.

    Healthy Livestock is a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)-funded project, developed...

    Healthy Livestock
  • The Skills Programme

    A RDPE Initiative delivered by the Rural Business School. The Skills Programme offers funding support to develop and enhance skills and knowledge. From traditional land-based skills through to leadership and management development, a wide range of training is available through the Skills Programme.

    The programme aims to increase profitability in the agricultural sector by providing support for training in a wide range of topics which will help improve productivity and efficiency.

    A RDPE Initiative delivered by the Rural Business School. The Skills Programme offers funding...

    The Skills Programme