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.
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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.