A mixture of husbandry and craft meetings is planned, based on the requests of all our members. We anticipate COVID-19 restrictions to continue into next year, so have scheduled most meetings to be conducted on-line, using Zoom. As there is no need to travel, and no opportunity for our usual shared lunches and visits to each others' goats, we have scheduled 2-hour evening meetings. A number of "physical" meetings are scheduled for later in the year, subject to revision in the light of government restrictions and advice at the time.
The regular shows are also included, though these may of course be cancelled by the organisers or held in a revised form.
Zoom links or precise address details are circulated to members before each meeting.
If you would like to be involved, or need more details, do contact us!
Sat 5th December 7.30pm – 9.30pm CRAFTY CHRISTMAS SOCIAL ZOOM
Bring your crafts along to share. This relaxed and informal get together will give us a chance to natter and catch up with our craft work whilst enjoying a Christmas tipple of our choosing!
Sat 16th January 7.30pm – 9.30pm LETS TALK GOATS ZOOM
A time to chat about our goats. Share tips and ideas about all kinds of goat husbandry.
Sat 20th February 7.30pm – 9.30pm KIDDING / RAISING GOOD KIDS ZOOM Ian Mason: Following on from Ian’s introduction to kidding – a chance to find out how to get the best from your breeding.
Sat 6th March 7.30pm – 9.30pm BUYING & SELLING GOATS ZOOM
Imogen Collis. Discuss the best ways to buy and sell goats. We hope to include information on the new BAGS registration process.
Sat 17th April PREPARING MOHAIR – CARDING & BLENDING ZOOM
Timing to be confirmed. A skillshare from members – bring your ideas and samples to show.
Sat/Sun 24th/25th April Wonderwool Royal Welsh Showground (Builth Wells)
This is currently scheduled to take place but the organisers say "Please note that for 2021 ALL tickets must be purchased through our online ticketing platform & numbers will be restricted to 2000 visitors per day."
Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd May Smallholder Festival Royal Welsh Showground (Builth Wells)
No news as to whether or how this is taking place. This is normally a major opportunity to promote the goats, mohair and our club. Please let Deb Birks know if you can help.
Thu 17th-Fri 18th June Three Counties Show Three Counties Showground (Malvern)
Details are not fully public, but we understand the show will take place in a revised format (but "physical"). Please contact Jo Beswick if you can help.
Sun 27th June 11am Visit – Elan Angora Goats Elan Valley, Rhayader
TBC, and depending on current lockdown state. 11am start. Tanya Rogers invites us to visit the farm, with an opportunity to meet award winning goats and tour the farm.
Sat 17th July 11am Workshop – Shearing Llanidloes
Visit to Debbie Francis' holding to observe and practise shearing goats
Sat 7th August Club Fleece Show Crai
Compare and discuss our fleeces in a friendly and helpful environment
Sat 4th September 1pm – 3pm Meat & Skins ZOOM
Have you considered selling your animals for meat, or tanning the skins? A talk and discussion around these topics
Sat 2nd October 11am Workshop – Faecal Egg Count Evancoyd
This introductory workshop will give you an idea of what to look out for and how to do a FEC. If you have equipment please bring it along, and also a sample of poo!
Sat 6th November Welsh & West AGM Venue tbc
Bring your ideas for next year, review the last year and enjoy business and pleasure!