NSA runs a series of regional Young Shepherd Competitions, as well as a biennial national final. We also support a UK team in attending the European and World Finals. More here.
The sheep sector into the UK needs innovative, enthusiastic and professional young people coming through in order to survive. NSA Next Generation is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the sheep farmers and service providers of the future.
This website collects lots of information useful to young people in the sheep sector, whether you’re farming in your own right, starting to take more responsibility in a family business, just beginning as an new entrant or one day hoping to get into the sheep sector. Take a look around – and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or have some new information to share, please get in touch.
The NSA is a specialist organisation providing a voice for all in the sheep industry, whether you’re a pedigree breeder or commercial producer, upland or lowland, large or small. We are dedicated to safeguarding the interests and future of sheep farmers in every part of the UK and speak out on all issues that affect you. Membership costs just £50 per year – and is only £25 for people under 27 years old. Find out more here.
In all the work we do, the views of members working every day in the sheep sector is vital. Our grassroots structure, feeding information, expertise and opinion from individuals to a regional and national level, is what makes NSA so effective. All our regional committees welcome younger members to get involved, whether you’re a sheep farmers, or working in an ancillary trade as an auctioneer, processor, vet, consultant or other. Find out about your regional committee here.
NSA Next Generation Ambassadors are a group of up to 12 young people selected every year to take part in a series of special training and personal development sessions. The first group was selected in 2014. Find out more here.
NSA helps young people find work experience, college/uni work placements and employment in the sheep sector, through our network of farmer members. More here.
NSA supports its sheep farming members by promoting those farmers in need of lambing staff. Agricultural students and trainee vets can use these valuable work experience placements to gain vital skills. More here.