Useful Links

On this page, we add links to other websites that we think might be of interest to our members. Just to clarify, the websites linked are NOT owned by the DSA, and we cannot be responsible for any external content.

Animal Health & Welfare is responsible for the enforcement of the Animal Health Act 1981, Food Safety Act 1990, European Communities Act 1972 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
This includes ensuring the implementation of:
Disease Control eg Bovine TB, Rabies, Foot and Mouth
Animal Welfare
Identification of Livestock
Movement reporting & record keeping
Medicine Records
♦ Disposal of Animal By Products
Contact your local Council for more details:

Bat Conservation Trust There is a diverse range of work carried out – both on the ground and behind the scenes – to help secure the future of bats in our changing world.
The Bat Conservation Trust supports local bat groups across the UK and over 6000 members. We work with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects. To achieve our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together, our work focuses on discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking action to protect bats and enhance the landscapes on which they rely, inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation and strengthen our work by building skills, resources, motivation and understanding.

Carmarthenshire Beekeepers Association. This association has been established for nearly 100 years. Originally divided into five sub associations around the county, CBKA is mainly for members in the centre and west of the county. With nearly 90 members we aim to promote beekeeping in the county.

Carmarthenshire Hay Meadows was launched at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in the spring of 2015. Its aim is to inspire the creation of a county-wide community that supports each other to improve the diversity of plants, fungi and animals on meadows, large or small, across Carmarthenshire.

Cattle Tracing System (CTS) You need to register if you have cattle in order to obtain their passports and record their movements as required by Law.

County Parish Holding (CPH) Number You must have a CPH number if you keep livestock (kept as part of a business or as pets). Livestock includes:
♦ bovine animals (cattle, bison and buffalo) ♦ pigs goats sheep deer
poultry (if you have 50 or more birds)

DEFRA  Is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

Dexter Cattle Society. The Dexter breed originated in the South West of Ireland. The smallest native breed of cattle in the British Isles, they are hardy, dual-purpose cattle, producing excellent beef and milk, an ideal suckler cow for conservation grazing. We support owners and breeders, offering advice and a range of services.

EIDCymru is the electronic sheep and goat movement recording system for Wales.

Food Centre Wales  is a dedicated food technology centre offering advice, technical services and training to business start-ups, SME’s and existing food manufacturers.

South West Wales Goat Club are a group of goat owners and enthusiasts who meet up every month to talk about goats and other aspects of smallholding.

The Rural Skill Trust aims to help you learn important and valuable skills to support yourself and our local community! Courses are for both beginners and people with experience, and all tools and safety equipment are provided. All courses are held local to Newcastle Emlyn, West Wales.

South & West Wales Amphibian & Reptile Group (SWWARG) aim to halt the decline in Welsh herpetofauna and their habitat through positive conservation, awareness raising and surveying/monitoring. SWWARG are a non-profit volunteer led organisation. We are an open group and anyone is welcome to join. You can be as involved as you like and we are always looking out for new committee members who have the time and/or expertise to take the group forward!

Welsh Government Environment & Countryside This links through to current news and a wealth of information that could be very useful to all Smallholders.