Technical problems!

You may have noticed that there haven’t been any updates to this website recently… Thanks to an automated software update that didn’t complete, (and a corrupt database backup), it’s been impossible to access the admin area of the site to add new content. However, normal service has now been restored; apologies for not providing your fix of DSA news!

IMPORTANT, MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE MOVING!!!

The Gremlin Club is no longer available so from the Wednesday 9th March 2016 DSA monthly meetings will start at 8pm at the following venue:

Carmarthen Veterinary Centre
Llysonnen Rd
Llanlwch
Carmarthen
SA31 3SA

You can see a map here

Next to new cheese processing plant on the road to the Market and Showground off the A40
Parking on site.  Toilets on ground and first floor.  Lift available.

Meeting room on first floor will be signed.

Complimentary tea and coffee available.  But no bar.

Capacity 50 and you will no longer have to sit sideways to face forward and leave the meeting with a cricked neck

Important! Schmallenberg virus research request

Dear Dyfed Smallholders
My name is Chloe Graham and I am a veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College, London. As part of my final year research project, I am undertaking a questionnaire based research study about the Schmallenberg virus. Schmallenberg virus had a lot of attention in the media last year, however little has been heard about it since.My family and I own a small flock of sheep (and are members of the Somerset Smallholders Association). Our flock was fortunate enough to escape the virus, but we know several people whose livestock was affected by the disease. Therefore, I have decided to investigate the Schmallenberg virus to see if it still has to be considered a relevant threat to the livestock community, and also the success uptake of available preventative options. My study results will hopefully provide an indication if further research into Schmallenberg is necessary required justified. I would very much appreciate if you could forward the link below out to your members of Dyfed Smallholders.  It is on surveymonkey and should only take 5 minutes to complete.  Any information provided will remain confidential, and only anonymised information will be shared with the Royal Veterinary College in the final report.  There is the option at the end of the for respondents to leave their email address so I can send them the final report. Link to Schmallenberg Virus Livestock Owner Questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8X3TTZ7If you have any questions, please do contact me, either by email or phone, 07964 085344.  I look forward to hearing from you and am grateful for your time. Kind regards, Chloe Graham

Time to get involved?

This year, there are a number of opportunities to get involved in the Association. Remember the DSA is what its members make it, so if you think you might be able to help out with any of these things, then please do get in touch with us. You can do this through the contact page.

1. Farm Walks. All of us tend to be a little bit nosey about how other people do things on their holdings, and the DSA farm walks are a great way to find out more. The process relies on members being good enough to host an event, but it’s easy, and something that each one of us can do. At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself “Oh no, I don’t have anything to show other people.” or “The place is a tip! I’d be embarrassed for anyone else to see it!” Guess what: pretty much everyone of us feels like that. Our holdings tend to be works in very slow, painful progress. So don’t panic, all you have to do is provide tea and coffee, and let people have a look around. As well as being a change to meet other people, it can be a really useful opportunity for you to get some advice or ideas about what you could do with those tricky little problem areas that all of us have. So come on, why not? Host a farm walk for us!

2. Not going to hold a farm walk? Okay, how about a workshop? Right, we get the point. You don’t want to hold a farm walk. OK then, why not hold a workshop? Each one of us has different skills and abilities (Yes, this includes you), and it would be great if we could share them. Can you weld? Do you know about fencing? Pasture management? House renovation? Ditching? Streams? Conservation? You get the idea, if you’ve got a skill, and you’d like to help people learn about it, then let us know!

3. No Farm Walk? No Workshop? We have speakers on a variety of subjects at our meetings, but perhaps we don’t really make the most of our very knowledgeable members. If you’ve got a topic that you care about, or think should be raised then why not join in with our short talk evening? We’re planning a meeting where several members can tell us about a subject they’re passionate about, even if only for five minutes. So come on, get in touch!

Where are the Members?!

We’ve been having some fun and games with membership lists over the last year or so, thanks to a catastrophic website crash… The committee wants to be sure that no members have been overlooked as we put together the new membership list, and we need your help.

Basically the easy way to spot if we hold incorrect/incomplete details about you is via the newsletter. If you aren’t receiving your newsletter, and you’re sure you’re a member, there’s a chance that it’s because the details we hold about you are incorrect. All you need to do is go to the contact form on this website, and let us know. We’ll then be able to sort things out for you.

Alternatively, if you’re receiving the newsletter when you think you no longer should be, i.e. you’re no longer interested in being a member, or you haven’t paid your membership for a while, then do let us know through the same form. The association pays a significant amount to print and distribute the newsletter so please be honest!

If your membership has lapsed, but you’d like to renew it, then the membership form is available here. Fill it in and send it back to the address listed. We’d love to see you at our meetings, 8 PM, second Wednesday of every month, Gremlin Club , Carmarthen.