26th of Jan, 12PM, Christmas Lunch. In January as usual.

Just to remind you all that we are holding the New Year Lunch at The Hollybrook Country Inn, Bronwydd, Carmarthen. SA33 6BE. Two courses will cost £12.95 and three courses will cost £14.45. Please book your places with either Liz Phillips at Blackwelshsheep@hotmail.com or 07855 516367 or with Claire Beddoe on 01558 685753 or at bodblu@yahoo.co.uk If you want to come along, PLEASE LET US KNOW THIS WEEK! Look forward to seeing you there.

January Meeting

arcA happy new year to all our members! The first talk of the new Year comes from Mark Barber of the Amphibian And Reptile Conservation Trust. This is a national wildlife charity committed to conserving amphibians and reptiles and saving the disappearing habitats on which they depend. This should be a fascinating talk, and will hopefully give us all ideas on how we can make our holdings more friendly to these creatures.

The talk is at the normal time and place; The Gremlin Club, Carmarthen, at 8:00 PM on Wednesday the 8th of January. See you there!

Faecal Egg Count Advice & training 23rd November, 2PM

faecal-eggOn Saturday 23rd November at 2pm, Peat Gleed is holding a Faecal Egg Count Workshop at Doug and Wendy’s holding. Please bring a few samples from your own stock (sheep/cattle/chickens…whatever) and you’ll be able to study them under a microscope and you will be able to judge whether you need to worm your stock or not. This is a fantastic opportunity for us all as, not only will it be very interesting, but to ask a vet to do this for us can cost a substantial amount. It is very generous of Peat to give his time and equipment, and big thanks to Doug and Wendy for giving us a place to hold it.

November Meeting

Welsh Government Logo

This month, our talk comes from Rita Jones, the Farm Liaison Officer for the Welsh Assembly Agricultural Department . She’ll be talking about the legislation that affects smallholders. As I’m sure you  are all too well aware of, there’s a significant body of legal stuff that we need to adhere to/know about/record, so this is a great chance to find out more. If there are any issues that confuse you, you’d like to get verification about, or even just a better understanding of, you would be well advised to attend this talk. It’s likely that there will also be a chance to look at the CAP and grant schemes, so this is definitely one to hear; should be interesting…

The talk is at the normal time and place; The Gremlin Club, Carmarthen, at 8:00 PM on Wednesday the 13th of october. See you there!

September events

Well, that seems to be the end of summer! There’s been a real change in the weather over the last couple of weeks, and autumn is definitely on the way. This means it’s time for the annual harvest lunch. This year, Helen & Pete Gleed have very kindly volunteered to be our hosts, and start time is midday. Details as usual are in the newsletter. See you there!

August Events

Hi All, hope you’ve had a good July. Two events this month:

1. We’re back to our normal meeting schedule for August, and this month’s talk is by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy in Narberth. This is what they say about themselves:

“Silverstone Green Energy are experts in conservation and renewable energy production, we can provide both advice and solutions on all aspects of home efficiency. Whether you want to reduce your energy usage to save money, reduce the impact of future energy price rises, or reduce your carbon footprint, call us to discuss how we can help.”

Given the environmental benefits, the price of domestic heating oil over the last few winters, and an opportunity to perhaps bring in some revenue, this could be a very interesting talk indeed!

Normal place and time, Gremlin Club, Carmarthen, 8.00 pm, Wednesday 14th August. See you there.

2. The second event is a Farm Walk at David & Holly Harries’ holding. This will take place on Sunday, 18th of August, and starts at 11:30 am. Full details are in your newsletter.

August 1st – Event at Penlan Farm, Kidwelly

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has sent us a flyer about a farm walk this Thursday, (1st August), at Penlan Farm. Penlan is an organic Farm near Kidwelly owned by John Burns, the founder of Burns Pet Nutrition. The aim of the day is to help landowners look at how to integrate wildlife into their farming. There will be representatives from most of the major conservation groups in the area covering Bumblebees, Amphibians, Bats, and Reptiles. The Wildlife Trust will also be present.

If you’re interested in improving the wildlife on your holding, this sounds like a great opportunity to meet lots of experts all in one place.

Contact details and times are on the flyer. Click on it to enlarge

Farm Walk

 

St Clears Show, Saturday, May 18th, 2013

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The DSA is back at The St. Clears Show on the 18th of May. The St. Clears show is a local show with entries for cattle, sheep and horses with a large programme of equine events. There are trade stands, dog shows, horticultural shows, a vintage section, and general entertainment.

Our stand will be a showcase for the DSA and smallholding in general. We’ll be offering a  warm welcome, a chance to see what smallholding is all about, and an easy way to join the DSA. We’ll even provide a cuppa for all…

If you’re  already a DSA member, we’d love to see you there, or even better,  we’d love to have your help! As I’m sure you can imagine, there’s a fair amount of work involved, and we’d be very grateful  if you could help us out. The more DSA members who are present, the better representation we can provide of who smallholders are, and the huge range of activities which come under the heading of smallholding (Did we mention the free tea?).

If you’d like to help out, then please, get in touch, thanks in advance!