NSA Central Region Early Gathering
- Event Info
Despite chilly temperatures outside the warmth of the market concourse attracted a good number of visitors to NSA Central Region gathering at Bakewell Market on Thursday 24th January 2019. The combination of seminars featuring some leading names from the sheep sector, interactive workshops, exhibitors demonstrating the latest in sheep innovation and products and a hotly contested Next Generation Shepherds competition drew NSA members, friends and neighbours from across the NSA Central Region.
Following this year’s event theme of ‘Vital information for an uncertain future’ seminars discussed antibiotic resistance and the future market for sheepmeat before concluding with an update on the latest Brexit proceedings from NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker and Defra Livestock Advisor Jonathan Gill, drawing the largest audience of the day. Phil comments: “NSA Central Region Early Gathering arrives at a crucial time for British agriculture as we all wait with bated breath to hear the outcome of the final deal in Brexit negotiations. It was encouraging to witness attendees at Thursday’s event, and in particular those joining myself for the Brexit seminar, are looking forward as positively as they can despite the uncertainties that could lie ahead of us.”
Event location - Bakewell Market, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH
Opening times - 10am - 4pm
Ticket price - FREE for NSA members. £5,00 for non-members
Three seminars were spread throughout the day at 2019's NSA Central region Early Gathering.
The sessions kicked off with a panel of industry experts, including leading sheep vets, discussing the increasingly important topic of responsible antibiotic use. As popular media continues to raise questions over the health benefits of red meat in addition to increasing claims livestock production is ruining the British countryside and wider environment, seminar two looked at how industry can overcome this and counteract the damaging and, in many cases, false allegations.
The programme finished with a well-informed panel including NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker and Defra officials leading a session to update attendees with the latest developments on Brexit as we prepare to exit the EU.
10.30am – 11.30am
Ensuring the effectiveness of antibiotics in the future by tackling resistance challenges
With increasing coverage on the need to reduce antibiotic use in livestock production this seminar will explore practical examples of reducing antibiotic use through vaccine use and best practice.
Chairman: Charles Sercombe, Leicestershire sheep farmer and NSA English and Central Region Committee member
Panel: Fiona Lovatt, Sheep Vet at Flock Health ltd.
Jonathan Statham, Animal Health and Welfare Board of England.
Securing a future market by giving the general public 'permission to eat' our lamb
How do we overcome perceived wisdom that red meat is bad for the environment, bad for human health and bad for animal welfare?
Chairman: Alastair Sneddon, Bagshaws Senior Partner and NSA Central Region Chairman
Panel: Anna Farrell, AHDB Beef & Lamb UK Communications and Market Development Director
Dave Stanley, Pasture Fed Livestock Association
Jim Beary, Peak District, progressive upland sheep farmer
1.30pm – 2.30pm
‘Brexit’ – What we know so far…
An update on the UK's position as we prepare to exit Europe in just a few short months
Chairman: James Bickerton, Reaseheath College Agriculture course manager and NSA Central Region Committee member
Panel: Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive
Jonathan Gill, Defra livestock policy advisor
Agrimin 24.7 Smartrace boluses for the mid pregnant ewe guaranteed supplementation through to peak lactation.
T: 01652 688046
E: [email protected]
AHDB Beef and Lamb Better Returns Programme (BRP) provides technical information for producers on selection, breeding, feeding, forage, health, fertility and costings.
T: 024 7647 8834
Manufacturers of wool duvets, pillows, mattress toppers and natural fibre mattresses. Made in the UK with 100% British wool.
T: 07507 598696
Fencing and agricultural contractors.
T: 07469 194906
The modern breeding ewe which works well with the terminal sires.
T: 01758 730366
Minexcel is a respected company providing livestock mineral supplements.
T: 07776 194155
Reaseheath College is one of the UK's leading land-based colleges based in Cheshire. Offering a range of further education, apprenticeships and higher education.
T: 01270 625131
EID tagging system for slaughter or breeding sheep. Roxan Tagfaster dispenses 20 batch tags or 10 sets of coloured twins.
T: 07951 969087
E: [email protected]
SAC Consulting Veterinary Services provides advice and laboratory services to thousands of customers in Great Britain, Ireland and Worldwide.
T: 07717 815527
Animal identification systems. Excellent sheep/cattle/pig tags, comprehensive on-farm software. Full EID systems. Free eartag replacements (conditions apply).
T: 01643 841611
E: [email protected]
T: 07714 769802