2013 - 2014 Meetings
All meetings, except falconry meeting, 7.30pm for 8.00pm at Reaseheath - see Lectures tab above
Other Association EventsIn April 2014, in addition to the usual April meeting, we hope to meet for a skittles evening and meal at the Bickerton Poacher, dependent on the number of people that express an interest and the price. A sheet will be out at the lecture on 31st March, or you can express your interest here.
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. www.rosecottagevetcentre.co.uk
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. www.sendacow.org.uk
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?
May 2013, Reaseheath zoo visit. An enjoyable tour of the exotic and endangered animals kept as part of an international breeding programme as well as for training students plus the more common animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Followed by a ploughman's supper. Thanks to the Reaseheath staff for their time and hospitality.
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.
See the Lectures page for details of how to get to Reaseheath College.