NSA Eastern Region Winter Fair

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Melton Mowbray Livestock market was a hive of activity on Friday (5th February) as NSA members, sheep farmers and allied industries came together for the NSA Eastern Region Winter Fair.

Although one of the smaller NSA events, organisers were in good spirits and delighted to welcome faces old and new. NSA Eastern Region Manager Jonathan Barber says: “A huge thanks must go to the range of trade and breed society stands which came out and supported the event on Friday. The friendly buzz in the atmosphere was clear to see, and it is always a joy to meet new people and renew friendships on occasions such as this.”

The seminar area proved a popular attraction for visitors throughout the day, as six topics were covered by a range of industry experts. Themes included best practise advice on how to tackle worms and fluke, as well as several informative discussions on industry requirements and an outlook from AHDB Beef & Lamb. Drawing the biggest crowd on the day was a demonstration of on-farm post-mortem techniques, led by Farm Veterinary Solutions.

Additional highlights included the stockjudging competition, in which Sam Crossland of Nottinghamshire was awarded first place. Geoff Waton, Northamptonshire, took second while M.J. Wallis of Peterborough came in third place. 

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “It’s always a pleasure be able to attend NSA regional events throughout the year, and the first of 2016 as the NSA Eastern Region Winter Fair did not disappoint. What was noticeable and somewhat encouraging as a representation of the sheep industry was the number of young people present on the day, I hope each and every one of them was able to leave the event with extra information to aid their studies or sheep farming enterprises as they progress through their careers.

“The wide range of trade and breed society stands must, as at all NSA events, be highly commended for their efforts. Many of which incorporated live demonstrations, which enabled visitors to see exactly how equipment could work for them in a practical situation.”

Full competition results:-

  • Outside trade stands: 1, Allflex- Ritchey Handling System; 2, Pharmweigh; 3, Gallagher Fencing.
  • Inside trade stands: 1, AHDB Beef & Lamb; 2, Advantage 3 in 1 Feeders; 3, Horner Shearing.
  • Breed society stands: 1, British Charollais Sheep Society; 2, Lleyn Sheep Society; Suffolk Sheep Society.
  • Stockjudging competition: 1, Sam Crossland; 2, Geoff Watson; 3, MJ Wallis.  

A full gallery of pictures from the event can be viewed here.

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Experts from across the industry will be discussing some of the most topical questions in sheep farming today, offering practical information and advice that farmers can take back to their own businesses.

Seminars will include:

Lesley Stubbings, SCOPS

The routine use of highly effective anthelmintic wormers, combined with grazing management has controlled worms successfully in the majority of UK sheep flocks for nearly 40 years. However, with this reliance on chemical treatment comes a cost, that cost is the development of resistance (AR) to anthelmintic chemicals used. Well-known sheep specialist Lesley will outline how you should use wormers in the best way in your flock to prevent resistance and increase the performance of growing lambs.

Dr Philip Skuce, Moredun Institute

Described as the ‘fluke guru’ at the Moredun Insitute, Philip will deliver a practical and lively talk on the problems presented by liver fluke in the flock and how to tackle this parasite, as it becomes an increasing issue in the Eastern Region of the country. 

Steve Powdrill, AHDB: ‘Understanding Market Specifications’

It is important to know what the market requires and incidentally produce it. Steve will discuss how flooding the market with overweight and over fat lambs only damages the trade.

Mark Kozlowski, AHDB: ‘Lamb Industry Market Outlook’

Mark will cover the current situation in the lamb market, covering the price variations over 2015 with a few of the forecasts for 2016.

Mike Thorne, Veterinary Surgeon from Rutland Vets

Always a favourite with visitors, Mike Thorne veterinarian from Farm Veterinary Solutions, will demonstrate basic on-farm post-mortem technique and discuss some emerging sheep diseases in the East Midlands Region.

 Nerys Wright, AHDB: ‘Body Condition Scoring Ewes’

Nerys will explain the importance of Body Condition Scoring (BCS) ewes at key points throughout the year. It is useful for assessing the adequacy of the diet at key stages in the production cycle, such as weaning and tupping.

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3in1 Advantage Feeders

Leaders in controlled livestock feeders, including revolutionary 3in1 feeders for ration, ad lib and creep feeding, and innovative Bale Jails. 
T: 08000 786030 
E: sales@advantagefeeders.co.uk 

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Agrimin Ltd

Agrimin 24.7 Smartrace boluses for the mid pregnant ewe guaranteed supplementation through to peak lactation. 

T: 01652 688046

E: info@agrimin.co.uk 

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AHDB Beef and Lamb

AHDB Beef and Lamb (formerly Eblex) Better Returns Programme (BRP) provides technical information for producers on selection, breeding, feeding, forage, health, fertility and costings. 

T:  024 7647 8834

E: brp@ahdb.org.uk

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Allflex Europe (UK) LTD

Major supplier of livestock identification products across all species. Products supplied direct from the website or by calling us. 

T: 01450 364120 

E: sales@allflex.co.uk 

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Ball of Madley Ltd

Ball of Madley Ltd has been supplying UK agriculture with salt products for over 30 years.

T: 01981 250301

E: enquiries@ballofmadley-hereford.co.uk

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Bayer

A leading crop science company, everything you need to know about crop protection. 

T:01223  226500 

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Beltex Sheep Society

A leading UK terminal sire, siring prime lambs with maximum killing out percentages; distinctive double muscled hindquarters improve carcase quality. 
T: 015395 67973 
E: beltex.sheep@btinternet.com 

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British Wool Marketing Board

A full range of panels showing current wool market situation and useful hints on wool management. 

T: 01274 688666 

E: gjones@britishwool.org.uk 

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Caisley Eartags Ltd

Practical farm livestock identification.

T: 01765 530296

E: info@caisleytags.co.uk 

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Caltech Crystalyx

Crystalyx Feed Blocks provide research proven feed & supplementation to tens of millions of cattle and sheep worldwide

T: 016973 32592

E: info@crystalyx-global.com

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CCM Auctions

Farmstock auctioneers and valuers. Regular and seasonal sales of North of England Mule gimmers, store lambs, breeding sheep and sheepdogs. 

T: 01756 792375 

E: ted@ccmauctions.com 

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Charollais Sheep Society Ltd

One of the top three UK terminal sires, renowned for quality carcasses, easy lambing and flexible marketing. 

T: 01953 603335 

E: office@charollaissheep.com 

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Clinwil Nutrition Services

Livestock nutritionists. Specialists in trace elements 

T: 01568 708708

E: chris@clinwil.com

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Countrywide

Countrywide Country Stores offer equestrian clothing & equipment, farmer, smallholder & pet supplies.

T: 0345 60 20 212

E: webenquiries@countrywidefarmers.co.uk 

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Dart Ltd

Dart Training offers apprenticeships at levels 2, 3 and 4. Farm-based learning with friendly personal assessors, visiting farms each month.

T:01332 794910

E: kayley.radford@darttraining.co.uk

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EB Equipment Ltd

The UK’s leading manufacturer of bulk storage and conveying systems. Established for over 50 years. 

T: 01226 730037 

E: info@eb-equipment.com 

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Farm Veterinary Solutions

Specialists in providing veterinary advice and support to farmers and their livestock, including devising appropriate herd and flock health planning.  

T: 01664 567481

E: info@farmvetsolutions.com

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GLW Feeds Ltd

Specialise in roll, nut, pellet and meal-form compound feeds across Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Pig and Poultry. 

T: 01509 501801

E: laurawoolley@glw-feeds.co.uk

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Heygates

Heygates produce high quality compound feeds and blends. Delivering a wide range of farm feeds in bulk and bags.

T: 01604 833250

E: feedsales@heygates.co.uk

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Horner Shearing

Suppliers of new and reconditioned sheep shearing machines and equipment. Also, spares, repairs, and motor rewinds, and horse clippers service and repairs.

T: 01200 427419 

E: info@hornershearing.com 

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Innovis

Innovis is the leading supplier of sheep breeding technologies to the UK livestock industry.

T: 01970 828 236

E: enquiries@innovis.org.uk

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JG Animal Health

Premier sheep and lamb drench. Just two of the high specification nutritional supplements from our unique range of products. 

T: 01886 880482 

E: jganimalhealth@aol.com 

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Lleyn Sheep Society

The modern breeding ewe which works well with the terminal sires. 

T: 01758 730366 

E: promotions@lleynsheep.com 

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Manor Farm Feeds

Manufacturers and suppliers of high quality animal feeds for all farm animals.

T: 01664 454256

E: sales@manorfarmfeeds.co.uk

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McVeigh Parker & Co.

Supplies agricultural, equestrian, arable, landscaping and fencing materials to southern England.

T: 0845 120 7755

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Melton Mowbray Market

Melton Mowbray Market holds Livestock Markets throughout the year on Tuesdays plus special breeding sheep sales during the year. 

T: 01664 562971

E: sales@meltonmowbraymarket.co.uk

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Modulamb Ltd

Sheep feeding and handling equipment. 

T: 02476 611647 

E: sales@modulamb.com 

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National Sheep Association

Providing a voice for the sheep sector. Join today for wide range of membership benefits. Reduced subscriptions for under 27s. 

T: 01684 892661 

E: enquiries@nationalsheep.org.uk 

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Osmonds

Agricultural suppliers.

T: 01948 668100

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Pharmweigh

Electronic livestock weighing equipment.

T: 01359 250917  

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Pre-Treatment Solutions Ltd

Manufacturer of chemistry products for industrial and agricultural communities. 

T: 02476 452 299

E: sales@pretreatmentsolutionsltd.com

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Pre-Treatment Solutions Ltd. Healthy Hooves Europe

Footbath solution for sheep. Reduce costs of hoof care with our walk through product, used in conjunction with zinc sulphate.

T: 024 7509 0133

E: sales@healthyhooves.eu

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Provita Eurotech Ltd

Research, manufacture and marketing of natural animal health products. Leading products include Advance+ silage inoculant and Hoofsure lameness control range. 

T: 02882 252352 

E: info@provita.co.uk 

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RABI

A welfare charity supporting farming families.

T: 01865 724931

E: info@rabi.org.uk 

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Rappa

Specialists in agricultural fencing equipment.

T: 01264 810665

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Roxan ID

EID tagging system for slaughter or breeding sheep. Roxan Tagfaster dispenses 20 batch tags or 10 sets of coloured twins. 

T: 01750 22940 

E: sales@roxan.co.uk 

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Rumenco | Nettex

British animal feed supplement company Rumenco is rapidly expanding its international business and are now looking to make an impact in one of the largest growing markets  - Asia.

T: 01634-257150

E: sales@net-tex.co.uk

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Shearwell Data Ltd

Animal identification systems. Excellent sheep/cattle/pig tags, comprehensive on-farm software. Full EID systems. Free eartag replacements (conditions apply). 

T: 01643 841611 

E: sales@shearwell.co.uk 

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Suffolk Sheep Society

Fastest growth terminal sire breed, reducing production costs and increasing profitability. Suffolk-cross females offer easier lambing and increased performance lambs. 

T: 02825 632342 

E: lewismcc@suffolksheep.org 

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Teeswater Sheep Breeders' Association

Teeswater sheep are good mothers, have a luxurious fleece and the rams make good crossing sires. 

T: 01642 858016 or 07870 927776 

E: info@teeswatersheep.co.uk

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The Wool Room

The UK’s leading sleep experts specialising in wool beds and bedding which helps you get a better night’s sleep naturally. 

T: 01780 461217 

E: info@thewoolroom.com

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Volac

Volac manufactures high quality milk replacers and colostrum alternatives, bypass fat products such as Megalac and silage inoculants. 

T: 01223 206877 

E: jackie.bradley@volac.com

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