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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 launches report on introduction of the lynx

An NSA report on the proposed introduction of lynx to the UK has been published, and was officially launched on Friday 8th April 2016 at an event in London. The report - The wider consequences of the introduction of Eurasian lynx to the UK - clearly identifs concerns around the project, not just because of the anticipated predation on sheep and was written in response to Lynx Trust UK claims that introduction of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) would boost rural economies and ecology and regenerate forests. The initial trial period of five years would see four to six wild adult lynx released at three sites in Aberdeenshire, Northumberland, Cumbria or Norfolk. View the ongoing press activety on this topic here.

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.

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If you are a member, make sure we have your email address so you can recieve the popular NSA Weekly Email Update. We also now send out text message alerts for events in your region, so let us have your mobile phone number too. Email these details, along with your name and membership number (or postcode), to

British Sheep Breeds book giveaway

Sheep books for sale

British Sheep Breeds - This slimline guide explains the main differences between various breeds and the qualities of their appearance, temperament, meat and wool. It also outlines the history of sheep farming and the way the industry works, with the aid of beautiful colour photographs throughout. Susannah Parkin, a member of the NSA South East Region Committee and a contributor to several NSA projects, is the author. Copies are available from NSA for £7.99 (+ £1.50 P&P).
Brtish Sheep & Wool - A gorgeous 180-page glossy book detailing all the sheep breeds farmed in the UK. Published by the British Wool Marketing Board, this reference guide makes a lovely gift at £10 (+ £2.50 P&P).
To purchase either of these books, call NSA Head Office on 01684 892661