About the HAWL Farm Homeopathy Course
Worried about how to reduce antibiotics without compromising animal welfare? Looking for a more natural approach to the health of your herd or flock?
Since 2001, the HAWL course has been teaching farmers to use homeopathy effectively as part of their health management plan. To date we have trained over 500 farmers, many of whom report that taking a homeopathic approach has resulted in increased stock health and a corresponding decrease in antibiotic usage.
Taught by Homeopathic Vets and Homeopaths, all with farm experience, the course takes you step by step through the process of how to select the right homeopathic remedy at the right time, how to use simple reference books, how to buy, store and administer remedies, and how to fit homeopathy into the health management plan or animal’s year.
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The Course in Detail
The skill of homeopathy is knowing when and how to choose the right remedy and that is what this course has been designed to teach you. HAWL does not offer a silver bullet for disease or the problems created by poor husbandry, and the HAWL three day course covers only the basics of the subject. HAWL students learn the responsible use of homeopathy, which includes knowing their own limitations and recognising when to call the vet (preferably a homeopathic one!). Our former students (over 500 of them since 2001) generally report it gave them a really good start and several have now gone on to take further study and become fully qualified homeopaths.
The course is usually run twice a year at Tetbury, and takes place over 3 non-consecutive days spread over 2 months to give the student time to use the knowledge from each day and become familiar with the new information. This is a practical subject, and needs practising back on the students’ own farm before new information is relevant.
Day 1 introduces homeopathy as a tool to use routinely within the farmer’s year. We explore the concepts of homeopathy and the principles involved in making homeopathic decisions. We then spend some time on the farm observing animals from a homeopathic perspective.
We explain how remedies are made, who supplies them, how to choose, store and administer them, and we introduce six remedies which can be used on the farm during the next few weeks, explaining in great detail where, when and why each might be appropriate.
We call these ‘the big six’ because they are so often useful in daily farm routine, useful in all sorts of normal farm procedures like lambing, calving, weaning, shearing, de-horning, foot-trimming, tail-ringing etc. But we will not be offering a ‘tail-ringing remedy’ – we will explain how to make decisions about what to give and when. The aim is empowerment not dependency.
Day 2 looks at the problems associated with young stock, begins to explore more remedies and how to select each one. There are several thousand homeopathic remedies, all well documented, and the methodology of selection is clear and simple. We work through case taking, discuss what symptoms are useful homeopathically and introduce reference books and how to use them to select the right remedy. Farmers report success in using remedies in these situations, often while they wait for the vet to arrive, or while they are waiting to see what develops from early symptoms.
Day 3 deals with older animals and chronic conditions, building on the case taking methods learned on Day 2. We look at ways of helping the ‘poor doer’, the animal which is not quite right, or those which conventional medicines may not be able to help. This helps the farmer who prefers to care rather than cull, or to take positive early action when the problem is not well enough established to need the vet.
Further training and support. HAWL runs additional teaching days every year for farmers who have taken the basic HAWL course. We send out newsletters and encourage HAWL farmers to send us information and news about how they are getting on. Former students are always welcome to resit the course at a highly discounted rate. We also run Area Support Groups.
Concerned about antibiotics?
*74% of farmers who take the HAWL course give ‘concerns about antibiotic usage’ to be their #1 reason for wanting to use homeopathy
(*taken from course application forms of 427 students as at October 2015)
Comments from farmers since taking course:
‘Our vet and med bill has halved per livestock unit. We are now selling, not culling’
‘Already less antibiotics used; able to nip things in the bud before they develop into a bigger problem.’
‘We have hardly used antibiotics this year and I would say the herd has never been healthier.’