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2021 CALENDAR

 

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!