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This page lists all sorts of things that are going on in Devon that are relevant to Smallholders. These may be seminars or sales presentations organised by vets or solicitors, on-line events and DASH meetings.

Friday 22nd June 10am - Bob Watson's Working Sheepdog Clinic

Come and take part in a training day with sheepdog training expert, Bob Watson who has represented England in International and World Trial Level.

Whether you are just starting out with your first dog, or would like to improve on your dogs 'day-to-day' farm skills,or are looking to move up a trailling level this workshop is for you.

There are only a limited number of places available so it is advised to book to avoid disappointment. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Please call on 07817 036858 or 01837 82293.

For more information see facebook.com/events/2077691405780351

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Saturday 23rd June - Sunday 24th June - Axe Vale Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Axe Vale Show. www.axevaleshow.com

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Tuesday 3rd July 6pm - Summer evening farm walk and bring a plate supper at South Yeo Farm West

We are very fortunate this summer that one of our course tutors is offering us the opportunity to host a farm walk. Debbie Kingsley and Andrew Hubbard own and run South Yeo Farm West near the village of Northlew on Dartmoor; on the walk you will meet their native breed sheep (Herdwick, Whiteface Dartmoor, Welsh Mountain Badger Face), Devon Ruby Red cattle, a wide range of poultry and Poppy the Berkshire pig and some of her offspring! Debbie and Andrew are a font of smallholding knowledge, and share this through their courses and regular contributions to Country Smallholding and Home Farmer magazines, so this is an evening not to miss out on. Please arrive at the farm (in suitable footwear and clothing) at 6.00 for a 6.30 start. Following the walk there will be an informal ‘bring a plate’ supper for those who wish to stay on and chat. Apple juice, cider, a platter of something homegrown, plates and cutlery are being provided by our hosts. It’s important to let us know you’re coming as there are only 20 spaces so please do drop Emma a line to book on events@devonsmallholders.co.uk. There’s more information about the farm https://southyeofarmwest.co.uk/

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Sunday 8th July 2pm - Farm Walk on the Relaxed smallholding, Cadbury Cottage

The Relaxed Smallholding is home to a few each of: Dexter cows, Boer and Diary goats, Shetland and Badger Face sheep, Alpacas and assorted poultry: West of England geese, Muscovy ducks, Bourbon Red turkeys + ‘friends’ and a variety of chickens. We smallholder for the lifestyle, love of animals and a huge desire to know where our food comes from. We have ten acres just outside Chulmleigh, North Devon – it’s Devon clay – say no more!!

We breed all our stock except the alpacas and sell most of our youngsters each year as well as a bit of meat. We also run smallholding courses (some for DASH), Family Learning Visits for ‘families’ and groups and Jack writes for Country Smallholding as well as running the popular FaceBook page Celebrating Smallholding UK. Our animals are ridiculously friendly, some more than others: cue Gloria the Gosling!!!

There is a limit of 30 so please book to make sure of your place. Bring cake for afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 8th July.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Wednesday 11th July 7pm - Pig Chat at West Devon

At the Rydon Inn in Holsworthy.

An informal meeting with no agenda. Both experienced keepers and people just starting out are welcome. Come and swap tips and stories.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Sunday 15th July 10am - Workshop and Discussion with Shaun from Harcourt Rare Breeds

Hosted at the Earth Center, (Bicton Home Farm)

Shaun has 30 yrs experience and is president of the Portland breed society.

Brief Outline for day (to be confirmed):
10am: Welcome and Coffee
10.30am: Sheep History Ice Age to Modern Day,
12.00: Workshop. Discussion of experiences. Handling fleece (Shaun will bring about 40 samples).
1pm: Lunch Break
2pm: History, analysis and practicalities of keeping of rare breeds.

For more information contact Rob Stoner rob.stoner@bicton.ac.uk

Donations would be much appreciated to cover teas, coffees and hall costs.

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Saturday 21st July 5.30 - Farm Walk at Dyers near Holsworthy

David and Nicky would like to welcome you to Dyers, a small holding of 15 acres in North Devon, near Holsworthy, on Saturday 21st July. at 5.30. They are 18 months into their adventure of trying to produce their own food. We will start the walk around the vegetable plot, polytunnels, orchard before moving across to our fields where they currently have 3 saddleback pigs, and a small flock of Ryeland and Shetland sheep. David and Nicky also have hens, guinea fowl and ducks. Finally enjoy a woodland walk, returning to the farmhouse for a bring your own sausage BBQ for those who would like to stay and chat, we will provide salads bread etc. David and Nicky are looking forward to sharing our journey so far with you. Please book with Emma (secretary@devonsmallholders.co.uk) as we will have to limit numbers to 15/20.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk


Wednesday 25th July - Yealmpton show

Look out for the DASH stand at Yealmpton show. www.yealmptonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Thursday 26th July - Launceston Agricultural Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Launceston Agricultural Show. www.launcestonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Saturday 28th July - Mid Devon Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Mid Devon Show. www.middevonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Monday 30th July - Woolsery Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Woolsery Show. www.woolseryshow.org.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Wednesday 1st August - North Devon Show

Look out for the DASH stand at North Devon Show. www.northdevonshow.com

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Thursday 2nd August - Honiton Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Honiton Show . www.honitonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Sunday 5th August - Countryman’s Fair

Look out for the DASH stand at Countryman’s Fair. www.countrymansfair.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Sunday 5th August 2.30pm - 2018 West Country Lleyn Sheep Breeders Club Open Day

Cathy and David Evans will host this event at their farm. This is an open day, so everyone is welcome. More details to follow.

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Thursday 9th August - Okehampton Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Okehampton Show. www.okehamptonshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Thursday 16th August - Chagford Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Chagford Show. www.chagfordshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Thursday 23rd August - Holsworthy & Stratton Show

Look out for the DASH stand at Holsworthy & Stratton Show. www.holsworthyandstrattonagriculturalshow.co.uk

This event is organized by an external organisation. Members should carry out their own research to ascertain the suitability of this event.


Wednesday 12th September 7pm - Permaculture

At the Rydon Inn in Holsworthy.

North Devon Permaculture will give us an overview of what they do.

This event is organized by DASH. For more information email events@devonsmallholders.co.uk