Cheshire Smallholders Association


Event diary
Next meetings 

17th & 18th June 2014 - Cheshire Show.

We will have a stand at the Cheshire Show, if you can help out for a few hours on either day, please contact Tony here. Alternatively, drop in and see us, we are likely to be in the rare breeds tent.

21st June 2014 – Annual Barbeque.

Kindly hosted again by Gill Lawson, please arrive from 5.00pm. For further details and Gill’s location, please phone one of the committee members or email here. Sunshine has been requested, although we do have shelter if need be! Please bring food and your favorite tipple and we'll provide the warmth.

Autumn 2014 - Beer and skittles at the Bickerton Poacher.

We are hosting a skittles evening and meal at the Bickerton Poacher. A sheet will be at the Reaseheath lectures or you can reserve a place in advance, here.

29th September 2014 - Dr Fiona Roberts, BPEX Regional Health Co-ordinator.

The levy paid at abattoirs is used by BPEX to provide support to pig producers. Advice and information is available on a wide range of topics and Fiona will be covering many of these, including movement regulations under the eAML2 system, health and welfare, feeding (Fiona originally trained as a pig nutritionist) and dealing with abattoirs. Please join us for a practical insight into the issues being addressed by Britain’s small scale pig keepers.

27th October 2014 - Annual General Meeting followed by Cider Making.

What better way to enjoy “any other business” than cider making and tasting with our very own Kevin Holmes? A practical demonstration and informative talk about the making of cider and the slaking of thirst! Also your chance to join the committee, expressions of interest here please.

24th November 2014 - Ifor Williams Trailers.

Are you unsure of the regulations about trailers and towing? Please join us for an informative discussion from the UK’s leading trailer manufacturer, so we are better prepared to keep our stock and ourselves safe on the road and on the right side of the law.

December 2014 - No meeting.

26th January 2015 - Ask the vet.

Our popular annual lecture returns to Reaseheath, with your chance to ask any questions relating to the care and welfare of animals. Please come and meet Jen Quayle, B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S. from Rose Cottage Vet Centre.

All meetings 7.30pm for 8.00pm at Reaseheath - see 'Lectures' link above.

Other events held this year
Previous meetings 
19th May 2014 - Vale Royal Falconry Centre. A presentation and hands on flying of raptors and owls, including an interesting explanation of historic words from falconry that have crossed over into common English language.

28th April 2014 - Campaign for the Farmed Environment - Nicola Hall.
Nicola, the Cheshire Co-ordinator for the CFE, presented a range of topics, including hedgerow management, supporting farmland birds and attracting pollinators.

31st March 2014, Grassland Management - Joe Winstanley.
Joe is an independent adviser frequently mentioned in the Defra farming advice service newsletters. Joe led an informative discussion about the management and development of the very basis of a smallholding, the land, sharing information on Nitrogen planning, grassland degradation, slurry spreading and compaction.

24th February 2014, Pig keeping.
Janice Wood from Finnington Traditional Breeds gave a candid insight into pig keeping and shared her devotion to the rarest of the rare pig breeds. Janice is Secretary of the Large Black Pig Breeders Club and the Chief Steward for the Pig Section of the Cheshire County Show and her partner Steve is also heavily involved. We were very grateful they could fit us in between their various committments.

27th January 2014, Ask the vet. This popular lecture returned to Reaseheath, with a very useful insight into the current thinking around vaccination of stock and a wider discussions around animal care and welfare from Jen Quayle (B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S. from Rose Cottage Vet Centre.

December 2013, no meeting.

25th November 2013, Caring for a small sheep flock.
We were very fortunate that Nerys Wright visited to share her extensive experience and knowledge, with very useful insights into ewe condition and feeding and the impact on foetal growth and lambing. After Nerys' presentation, we had a light buffet and raised further funds for our chosen charity, Send a Cow, with a raffle.

28th October 2013, AGM and member Q&A session with buffet.
The AGM approved the changes to the constitution as well as the normal formalities. The round table Q&A session after the AGM had a number of interesting questions and answers. Along with the nibbles a very enjoyable and informative meeting.

30th September 2013, Making money from a smallholding. Preparing a business case for a smallholding given the costs and profits from a variety of smallholding enterprises was our challenge. An interesting exercise as the cost and profit figures supplied were accurate. The results indicated that making a profit is possible but it needs careful consideration of the mix of stock and the generation of a continuing income.

22nd June 2013, Annual BBQ. Again held at Gill's, an enjoyable evening putting the world right in the company of like minded friends. Despite the slow start to the Barbeque due to the 'summer' weather, plenty of food was consumed and the wine flowed. What more could one ask?

Welcome to the Cheshire Smallholders website.

We are a dynamic and enthusiastic group of small-scale and hobby farmers, horse enthusiasts and countryside lovers. The livestock interests of our members include sheep, goats, pigs and cattle, chickens, ducks and geese, Many also keep horses and ponies, and a few llamas and alpacas. Other interests include bees, and fruit and vegetable cultivation.

Contact us for more information on joining the association or for any other enquiries

See the Lectures page for details of how to get to Reaseheath College.