NSA AGM 2017

Date: 9th August 2017

Time: 10am

Location: Rosspark Hotel, 20 Doagh Road, Kells, Ballymena, Co. Antrim BT42 3LZ

The NSAs Annual General Meeting took place at the Ross Park Hotel, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. 

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker reports on the event: “This was the first time the NSA has held its AGM in Northern Ireland and it was a pleasure and honour to conduct this meeting there, helped and supported by our Northern Ireland colleagues in an admirably friendly and hospitable fashion. The AGM was opened by our outgoing President the Duke of Montrose who talked about the challenge to the sheep industry of Brexit and of the work he and his colleagues in the House of Lords have been doing relating to this. His Grace then passed over to our Acting Chair Margaret Dalton to give the Chairs report, and then to Dave Gregory our Honorary Treasurer to present the financial end of year report before both, our 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements were accepted and approved by those present. The formal part of the business was concluded by members voting to accept Lord Inglewood as our new NSA President, to re-elect Dave Gregory as Honorary Treasurer, and to re-elect all our Vice Presidents en bloc. Margaret Dalton thanked the Duke of Montrose for 6 years of sterling service and support, presenting him with a signed copy of James Reebanks book ‘The Shepherds Life’ and an authentic British Romney wool blanket”.

A presentation was then given by Phil Stocker and NSA Communications Officer Hannah Park on the recent work of the NSA, leading seamlessly into a talk by Phellim O’Neill, Market Intelligence specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal on Brexit and the implications of the hard border between Northern and Southern Ireland.