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NSA Sheep 2016 - The final countdown

Preparations are in-hand for what promises to be another hugely successful NSA Sheep Event. With the theme ‘Adding value’, the premier event in the sector on Wednesday 27th July 2016 will showcase all that is great about sheep farming, from the best services and products, to industry best practice and cutting edge innovation. No one involved in the sheep sector will want to miss it.

Find all you need to know in the NSA Sheep Event Guide and Farmers Guardian Official Preview.

Time of upheaval for UK sheep sector

As the UK woke up to the news that the country had voted to leave the EU, NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker made this statement: “A democratic decision has been made and now the focus of NSA will be very firmly on making the best of the political, economic and social direction ahead. The vote was very finely balanced, which means many people will be dissatisfied and disillusioned, but life will go on; we will still wake up in the mornings and people will still eat and enjoy life ... Read the full statement here.

Bluetongue latest

NSA is once again supporting the joint campaign against bluetongue (JAB), which was the industry-wide initiative created the last time bluetongue hit the UK. Although vaccination will not be compulsory this time, JAB is highlighting the 80% risk of the virus spreading to the UK this summer and encouraging farmers in high risk areas to think about vaccination. Go to for the latest information on the spread of the disease and vaccine availability.

NSA sheep worrying survey highlights powerful stats

Results are in following our most recent sheep worrying by dogs survey, and a focus on the wider implications of dog attacks has highlighted some concerning statistics about the personal impact these can have on farmers. A snapshot of headline figures from the 233 farmers surveyed across the UK include 85% listing stress as a major impact of dog attacks have on them as an individual, 46% said it had caused them to experience anxiety about spending any time away from the farm and 24% went as far as to say they’d considered giving up sheep. 

View a full set of 2016 results here. You can also visit to view all of NSA’s ongoing activity on the issue.  

NSA teams up with British manufacturer for top wool prizes in 2016

To celebrate the wonder that is British wool, NSA is very excited to have teamed up with the Wool Room to give away five luxury bedding sets - Click here to enter

Win 200 Vouchers

Win £200 Vouchers

NSA is excited that its current membership recruitment prize giveaway has 18x £200 vouchers up through to the end of 2016. Thanks to generous support from three leading companies, NSA will be holding a draw every other month and giving away a £200 voucher each from Cox Agri/Ritchey, FecpakG2 and JG Animal Health. New NSA members will automatically be entered into the prize draw, and existing members’ names will go in the hat every time someone they recommend someone to join NSA, with no limit to the number of entries they can earn. Click here to find out more.