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Post  ballingall on Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:38 pm

So does anyone use other websites frequently? Or other forums?

I use the website, Accidental Smallholder and also their forum attached, which is great Forum

I also use a Formula 1 forum, and am a member of a couple of other places, but don't use them regularly. I am aware of the River Cottage forum, but haven't joined as yet.

Freecycle and Freegle are good for getting some useful things from.

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Post  darylandgoats on Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:25 pm

Other than this forum, the only other 'networking' site I use is Facebook; I used to use Bebo but it very quickly lost its appeal!

Other sites I use regularly are the ordinary things like Hotmail, RBS Banking and job hunting sites like: environmentjob.co.uk, environmentjobs.co.uk, ecology-jobs.co.uk etc (I need a new job desperatley!!!). I have a huge folder of goat related websites in my favourites file, most are online shops to order supplies like: Goat Nutrition Ltd, Frenchall Goats, farmrite.co.uk but I also have a lot of goat husbandry sites, some are American but a lot are british. I also have a lot of sites about Zinc Deficiency as its been a problem for two of my goats a while back (long story, all behind me and the goats) I did a lot of my own research looking at Scientific Journals and medical texts to prove to my vet it was zinc. Anyway supplimentation keeps them healthy.

Also have sites on Egyptian culture, Its a fascination of mine, Ecology and Wildlife and photography.....another passion of mine.

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Post  ballingall on Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:44 pm

Yep, Facebook, Hotmail etc are used here too. Also ebay, Photobucket and Youtube- the latter two essential for showing off your animals!

The BGS and the ANBS website I review regularly. Oh and this one-

UKgoats

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Post  Faithmead on Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:59 pm

Hello all ....... I've kind of sneaked in here....even though I live in Wales and not Scotland Embarassed ....so I hope no one minds.....but I have a couple of AN milkers and hoping to acquire another one......depending on whether a certain person is heading in this direction in the not too distant furture !!! Very Happy bounce Wink But if I can recommend a good site (and Beth is quite right about Accidental Smallholder)......then it would be this one http://forum.downsizer.net
They are a fabulous bunch of peeps and very very helpful and supportive.
Love all the pics of the goats and the Goat Housing Very Happy

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Post  darylandgoats on Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:24 pm

Hi Faithmead,

I can't speak for everyone but I am happy to have people from all over the world on the forum so Welcome! Its always nice to talk to other goatkeepers. How many AN's have you got? Milkers, goatlings? Any pictures...I love seeing pictures of other peoples goats.

Anyway Welcome to the forum!

Daryl

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Post  Faithmead on Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:59 pm

Many thanks Daryl - the Welcome is very much appreciated Very Happy

I've got 2 milking Anglo Nubians - and both are currently in-kid and due to kid down mid May time. We have a smallholding with sheep, pigs, poultry AND the goats......so we're kept pretty busy all year round. We;re about to start lambing at the weekend and have one sow due to farrow at the end of March Rolling Eyes

I bought one of the ANs 2 years ago ..... and had 3 pet Pygmys at the time. I very quickly decided I wanted to get back in to goats properly (I used to have a small AN herd about 25 years ago!! Shocked ) and so re-homed the 2 female Pygmys, but kept my very aged Pygmy wether. Sadly, he went down with Pneumonia in January and despite lots of antibiotics - he never fully recovered and eventually passed away in his sleep. Anyway, after having bought Jangalli back in July 08, I then bought Della last Summer (both were bred by Jane Scales and so are Ivans line). Our 'story' is on our website www.glynelwyn.co.uk and which describes our life here in Wales, as well as having lots of pics along the way.

Sadly, we don't appear to have a Goat Club around this area in South West Wales ..... so well done all you guys in Scotland for having built up a great club, that appears to have lots of enthusiastic members Very Happy ...and thanks for letting me nip in too Wink

Best Wishes,
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Post  darylandgoats on Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:25 am

Hi Mandy,

Brilliant Website! Looks like you have got a beautiful place in a beautiful setting and its nice to see a mixed farm, so many larger farms rear only sheep or cattle and grow feed crops so its nice to see Geese, Pigs, Sheep and goats all living together and interacting.
I am suprised there isn't a Goat Club in your area, the SGF is a whole of Scotland Club which is great because my more local Club the Highland Goat Club is quite small and most of the members are based in the Perth area which debateable as to wether that really is Highland Scotland or not. Looking on the BGS Website there is listed a South West Wales Goat Club although only a postal address is listed for contact:
SOUTH WEST WALES GOAT CLUB
Mrs C Stewart, The Mead, Manorbier Newton, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8QA

Perhaps you could contact the BGS to find out if there are any other details for the club?

There is also listed the Welsh and Marches Goat Club, not sure if its suitable (what are the Marches?):

WELSH & MARCHES GOAT SOCIETY
Kathryn Elphick, 114 Eaton Crescent, Uplands, Swansea, SA1 4QR.
Email: Kathy_088@hotmail.com

Anyway Hopefully you can find a club locally, or maybe even start one yourself? (A daunting task!)

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Post  Faithmead on Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:54 pm

Hi Daryl,

The Marches one is way over the other side and so is a bit far off (and I THINK the marches refers to the border counties in England....but I'm not sure Rolling Eyes )

The other one..................hmmmmmm..........................well I have to admit to being a member last year, but they don't do anything at all during the summer and the winter meetings were a bit sparse. They don't appear to want to get involved in any little shows apparently either, which is a great shame as there are bound to be people who'd like to have a go at a small club show and learn the ropes,...otherwise its full on with the bigger 2 and 3 day shows at Builth Wells. They don't want to get involved in having a website, or updating anything, or changing anything.....and no one ever knows about it, cos they don't advertise anywhere.........so all in all.....not particularly impressed. Such a shame.

Beautiful weather here over the last few days - hope you're enjoying good weather up north too Cool

BW
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Post  darylandgoats on Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:09 pm

Hi Mandy,

Its a shame the club is not very proactive, but that seems to be the way of a lot of things these days.

Its raining here now but atleast the snow has melted. The goats are not very happy about it though, they prefere the snow to rain.....2 od them are in season and they are making a lot of noise in the field shelter...if it were not raining they would be chasing each other around the exercise paddock! Mental

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Post  ballingall on Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:48 pm

Hi Mandy,

Of course it's ok if you join here- I'm trying to get more people onto the forum! I had a look at your website a few weeks ago and it is a lovely place you have.

I'm susprised that your local goat club aren't very proactive, I always thought the Welsh goatkeepers were quite full on with their goat clubs. Although now I think about it, they never seem to host BGS conferences or anything like that.

I feel like I haven't been here for ages!

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Post  Faithmead on Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:55 pm

Hi Beth,

Thanks ever so Very Happy

Strangely enough I had a newsletter from the SW Wales club this week (and a reminder to join) and their membership looks to be about 20 or so people at the moment ! Still nothing much going on with them, and as I said - they don't do ANYTHING during the summer ?!?!?

Anyway, hope you're well......and all the goats are fine following the tragedy of your BA. Hope Kream is fit and well..........and wondering if she might be heading this way in the Spring Laughing bounce

BW to all in Scotland
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Post  ballingall on Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:36 pm

Hi Mandy,

BTW Kream is due at the end of April- I never came back to you! The people that were supposed to take her last October have been back in touch as well recently.

I have been in touch with Jane Scales about maybe getting a male kid, but I haven't decided yet, and she isn't due to start kidding until into April. I also have emailed Maggi Franklin but I haven't heard back yet from her.

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Post  Faithmead on Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:40 pm

ballingall wrote:Hi Mandy,

BTW Kream is due at the end of April- I never came back to you! The people that were supposed to take her last October have been back in touch as well recently.

I have been in touch with Jane Scales about maybe getting a male kid, but I haven't decided yet, and she isn't due to start kidding until into April. I also have emailed Maggi Franklin but I haven't heard back yet from her.

Beth

OK.

By the way, I eamiled Maggi Franklin about a year ago.......and never heard a word!! So hope you have better luck than me scratch

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Post  Faithmead on Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:42 pm

darylandgoats wrote:
There is also listed the Welsh and Marches Goat Club, not sure if its suitable (what are the Marches?):

WELSH & MARCHES GOAT SOCIETY
Kathryn Elphick, 114 Eaton Crescent, Uplands, Swansea, SA1 4QR.
Email: Kathy_088@hotmail.com

Anyway Hopefully you can find a club locally, or maybe even start one yourself? (A daunting task!)

Daryl

Hi Daryl,

I've just emailed this lady to find out more......I do know they are very active and always have a presence at Builth Wells. (Royal Welsh, and The Smallholders Show) Will let you know Wink

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