What is history and what is legend? There are plenty of both at Glastonbury. Ancient tradition tells tales of the Isle of Avalon, the place of the dead. Glastonbury has always been associated with this mythical place and it was certainly once a sacred burial ground, followed later by a druidical college. Avalon is often associated with the Arthurian legends, so Glastonbury has long been linked with King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Some legends even claim that the Holy Grail was buried here, so pagan and Christian beliefs go hand in hand.
Myth and fact have intertwined over the years to attract visitors here, either for the sacred nature of sites, the inspsirational buildings, or the natural beauty. Glastonbury Tor was once an uninhabited island, connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway, so getting there was difficult enough to make it a place of pilgrimage.
Since then the sea has retreated to leave the land open, green and pleasant. Agriculture is now much more advanced than in the days when the Benedictine Abbey dominated the town and all the livestock had to be cared for by the monks. These days, more modern schemes of cattle care are in place, with farmers around Glastonbury, wishing to minimise lameness in cattle, call on us for:Photo from Featured Project near Glastonbury
Training and CPD
Training is available for all interested parties at varying levels. You can choose a one or two day Herdsman level or a full, four day Professional level course. The locations are flexible, either on your own farm or at a central location that can accommodate a number of attendees.
The course contents include:
- Basic anatomy of the hoof
- Anatomy of the lower leg and its effect on the foot
- Causes of lameness in cattle
- Common infectious and non-infectious conditions of the foot
- Trimming techniques
- Practical sessions with cadaver feet
- Preventative measures
- Cattle welfare and handling while trimming
For details of training events in your area, including course fees, simply click in the header of any page to send us an email.