A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Goats | Available to book all year round

“It was a very informative and enjoyable day…we feel very inspired and the resource pack is massively helpful! Thank you.”

Claire and Jonathan  

This day long course is available to book all year round (subject to availability). We are also able to offer this course to those who would prefer to come midweek. Please email us on courses@thelintmill.co.uk with your preferred dates.

Please note that there is a 10% discount for those who have participated in our ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Organic Smallholding’ course.

The Lint Mill Goats

We keep two breeds of goat at The Lint Mill: Golden Guernsey goats, the ideal smallholders goat producing a moderate milk yield for family use and whose milk we use to make soap and cheese and Bagot goats who are a very rare breed used for conservation grazing and we keep to contribute to the breed’s survival.

The prefix (family breeding name) for the goats we breed is Medwyn (after the river that boundaries our land).

During the day you will learn all about:

  • Choosing goats: what breed to buy, where to buy a goat, what age to buy a goat.
  • Housing and feeding your goat: including fencing needs, bedding and feeding regime.
  • Health: keeping your goats happy and healthy, looking out for common ailments and how to treat them.
  • Breeding: planning how to expand your herd, how to look after the pregnant goat, kidding and rearing kids.


The day includes a delicious organic lunch made from all our own produce

Lunch is a great way to sample the produce from The Lint Mill and will feature our home reared meat, seasonal fruit and vegetables. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and food intolerances – please let us know when you book.

We run this course for just two people (more by negotiation) as we like to tailor the material to your own needs.

Booking a Place

To book your place, please email us for availability at courses@thelintmill.co.uk, then you can make your payment of £95 in the following way:

By Bank Transfer

Account holder:

Deborah Richardson-Webb trading as The Lint Mill

Account number: 54814606

UK sort code: 04-00-03

Bank: Monzo Business

By PayPal

The PayPal details are: paypal.me/thelintmill

When using Paypal please click on ‘I‘m sending money to family or friends’ to avoid charges when you use your PayPal account, bank account or your debit card to send money.

By Cheque

Please make your cheque payable to Ms D Richardson-Webb and post it to The Lint Mill, Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, ML11 8LY