Lacock is a village untouched by time, the site of historic Lacock Abbey, which was used in the popular Harry Potter films. The entire village of Lacock is owned by the National Trust so that it can be preserved as a time-capsule of traditional England. You will find no satellite dishes here, nor any other signs of encroaching 'civilisation'. Lacock is a picture-postcard version of an idyllic English village centuries ago. At one end of the village is Lacock Abbey, home of Henry Fox-Talbot, photographic pioneer. A small museum just outside the Abbey gates tells the story of Talbot's discoveries.
During World War II, Lacock was an important contributor to the agricultural war effort, with farms being urged to grow extra wheat and potatoes particularly. With nearby barracks at Corsham and Hudswell, on occasions, off duty service men and women would be found helping out on the farms, which must have made for an interesting mix of characters, thrown together in a common cause.
The war has long gone now, thank goodness, but the need for farmers to exercise care and vigilance is as great as ever. We are no longer looking for paratroopers lurking in trees, but watching hawk-like for signs of cattle lameness, so we often find ourselves visiting Lacock and the surrounding area to provide: Photo from Featured Project near Lacock
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
Course costs are $curr_sym180 per person per day.