August 2019 Meeting & Events

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 8th May 7:45pm for 8pm.  Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
Agrisgôp Courses
Elen Pencwm from Farming Connect will come and talk to us about what is available.

Sunday 25th August 11am. Farm Walk Brechfa
We are invited again to Dawn and Martins holding where they keep water-buffalo among other animals. For those that visited last year it is an opportunity to see what else they have been doing in the last year. Please can we ask no dogs are brought along.

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Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Join or Contact Us’ page.

June & July 2019 Meetings

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CHANGE OF VENUE FOR JUNE & JULY MEETINGS

Wednesday 12th June 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly meeting at Carmarthen Mart (Carmarthen Livestock Centre), The Market, Carmarthen SA31 1QY
Tour of the Facilities
There will be a guided tour and a chat about how it operates for those who haven’t used it before (or even those who have). Please meet promptly at the Mart, which is very close to our normal venue.

Wednesday 10th July. Monthly meeting is the Annual BBQ. Same venue as last year, which is a members holding in, Llangynog, Carmarthen.
BBQ basics will be provided-burgers, sausages, bread rolls, all cooked for you. Everyone is asked to bring along supporting eatables-salads, puddings etc. for the communal table.
You will also need to bring your own crockery, cutlery and something to sit on. A £2.50 charge to members and £5.00 to guests will be collected on the night. Directions are available in the July Newsletter or by contacting us

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Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Join or Contact Us’ page.

May 2019 Meetings & Events

 

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 8th May 7:45pm for 8pm.  Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
Hay Meadows
Andrew Martin, Chair of Carmarthenshire Meadows Group will be a talking on managing this precious resource.

Sunday 12th May 10:45am for 11am.  Themed Farm Walk on a members holding near Blaenycoedr.
Woodland/Hedgerow
The holding is in the third year of “Glastir Advanced’ so has been managed with conservation as a priority.

Wednesday 29th May 9:30am–5:00pm. Bishop’s Palace, St David’s, Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire Wildlife Day
This is a day to showcase the best of the wildlife in Pembrokeshire as well as the way in which people can live and work on and with the land. It is designed primarily as a ‘learning’ day for visitors to find out more about the area. Held in the grounds of the ruined Bishop’s Palace in St David’s, more details at can be found at: https://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/wildlife-out-west-st-davids-bishops-palace-may-2019/?lang=en

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Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Join or Contact Us’ page.

April 2019 Meetings & Events

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 10th April 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
Introduce Yourself
This is intended as a social evening with tea/coffee and biscuits and an opportunity to find out a little about other members and what they do. Don’t worry you don’t have to take part if you don’t want to! Just enjoy an evening in the company of like-minded smallholders.

Sunday 28th April 10am onwards at Blaenycoed 
Goat-keeping Day  
Margaret and Alan your hosts will concentrating on all things goaty. They will look at breeds, housing, milking, fencing, feeding, breeding and general management issues. Along with cream separation, cheese making, butter making, yoghurt making and ice-cream making.
Consideration will be given to slaughter, meat production and produce storage.
For those who have never hand milked, their trusty ‘practice goat’ “Boardy” will be on hand. They will be at the end of the kidding period–but there is a small chance that something might pop out on the day!
More details on how to be involved are in the April Newsletter.

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Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Join or Contact Us’ page.

March 2019 Meetings & Events

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 13th March 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
Polytunnels
We will be having a talk on growing in polytunnels by Cliff and Tim, the writers of our regular newsletter article ‘Horticulture Corner’. This is your opportunity to come along and ask any questions you have on this topic of interest to all gardeners.

Saturday 23rd March. Carmarthenshire Meadows Group Spring Meeting at Drefach Felindre. Details on this link

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Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Join or Contact Us’ page.

 

February 2019 Meeting & Events

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Sunday 3rd February
Biomass Willow Workshop

An opportunity to experience the production processes i.e. ground preparation, planting and pruning of biomass willow and to collect starter whips for your own project.

Wednesday 13th February 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
AGM Report
This was well attended. Various points on the constitution were discussed and updated. There were some changes to the elected posts of Secretary & Treasurer as current holders were unable to commit their time in the coming year. Both were thanked by the Chairman and members present for their sterling work over the past few years. This meant some new members were encouraged to join the committee and we wished them well. Cheese and wine were enjoyed after the meeting.

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Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Contact Us’ page.

January 2019 Meeting & Events

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 9th January 2019 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
A talk on farm accounts. One of our members will give a talk, on what your accountant can do for you and accountancy in general.  A chance to explore this subject, whether or not you currently employ an accountant, and to put any financial questions you may have.

Sunday 20th January 2019 1pm for 1:30pm. The Carpenters Arms, Broadway, Laugharne, SA33 4NS. Telephone: 01994 427435.

New Year’s Lunch It will be a carvery and the cost is £8.45 for just the main course or £10.45 for main and dessert. Come along and enjoy a lunch time out with lots of other members.To get to The Carpenters Arms, take the A4066 out of St. Clears to Laugharne. Continue through Laugharne on the A4066 to Broadway, less than a mile from the centre of Laugharne. The Carpenters Arms is on your right in Broadway village with their car park just beyond the pub.
Book your place with our Membership Secretary by Monday, 14th January

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Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Contact Us’ page.

December 2018 Meeting

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 12th October 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
Christmas Social Christmas Social No talk this month, just an evening to chat to friends and have a go at bagatelle and one of Keith’s quizzes. Please bring something for the communal buffet and you will need to bring your own plate and cutlery. If you wish you may bring your own alcoholic drink.
Entry is £1 per member with a FREE raffle ticket for the superior Christmas draw.

 

Further details of all the above activities are available to members in their DSA monthly Newsletter. For non members who would like to find out more please use our ‘Contact Us’ page.

November 2018 Meeting

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 14th November 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
Keeping Cattle One of our members Peat will give an overview of this extensive subject with advice for the new keeper.

 

Report
The talk covered the following:
♦ Legal such as herd number, ear tags, passports and TB test.
♦  Housing which is dependent on size of breed and what you are using them for.
♦ Food ranging from grass, hay, haylage and concentrates dependent on breed and end product.
♦ Equipment that is useful such as cattle crush and tractor for moving large bales.
♦ End product such as breeding, milk, meat or buying in store cattle.
♦ Breeds, many traditional breeds generally perform better on poorer land and are often dual purpose, which make them ideal for smallholders.

 

October 2018 Meeting & Events

Please remember that all DSA meetings, farm walks and other events are NO SMOKING, which includes e-cigarettes.

Wednesday 10th October 7:45pm for 8pm. Monthly Meeting at Carmarthen Veterinary Centre.
Tanning: Emma Allum from the Welsh Organic Tannery will give a talk on what they do and the services and products they have to offer and will have some examples of their work. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with the skins from your sheep and goats or are just interested in the tanning process, come and find out how the tanning is done and what is possible.
Report
Our thanks to Steve Allum for a fascinating talk. The Welsh Organic Tannery is the only certified organic tannery in Wales and specialise in producing sheepskin and goatskin rugs, providing a service to smallholders and farmers to enable them to gain extra revenue when they take their animals for slaughter. The tannery is purpose built and is situated on a smallholding nestled on the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire border. The organic tanning process takes a minimum of 3 weeks and can take up to 3 months depending on the age, breed and sex of the animal for example an old ram will take much longer due to the thicker skin and increased levels of testosterone.
After going through several processes the skins are then branded with our logo and stamped according to their origination. Skins that have come from certified organic flocks and herds are stamped organic and those which come from non-certified farms are stamped as natural. Another plus is that not only the rugs organically tanned, they are machine washable. For further information visit their web site www. welshorganictannery.co.uk

Sunday 14th October 11.30am. Visit to Food Centre Wales in Horeb.

 

 

Following on from the talk given by Arwyn Davies, Business Development Manager at the Food Centre Wales, in January there will be an opportunity for a tour of their facilities.
Followed by an optional lunch afterwards at the Ffostrasol Arms, cost of £14.95 for two courses.

Saturday 20th October 11am – 3pm approx. Basic chainsaw maintenance at Blaenycoed
Jon will be your mentor for basic chainsaw maintenance. For all those who have a chainsaw but don’t really know how to look after it. We’ll cover routine maintenance, sharpening technique, and safety features. If time permits, we’ll look at good practice for using your saw too. Some of the information will apply to petrol saws only but lots of stuff will be relevant to electric chainsaws too.