NSA Eastern Region Winter Fair

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NSA Eastern Region will be returning to Melton Mowbray Market for their 4th Winter Fair on Friday 9th February 2018. 

An increasing number of arable farmers in the Eastern Counties are now starting with sheep flocks and are looking for products and advice to make this enterprise work on their farms. 

The focus for this 2018 event will be ‘Get Ready for Lambing’ as this is the time of the year sheep farmers want to buy and choose products to make their lambing a success.

Seminars are set to cover a range of topics from top speakers within Melton Market’s excellent facilities. A warm, comfortable conference area, award-winning cafe, and plenty of undercover and outside space to suit all types of exhibition equipment and displays. Patio heaters will also be in place around the building to keep everyone warm.

The throughput of stock, both cattle and sheep at Melton is increasing, attracted by the new cattle rings and buildings and good prices achieved. The market is also the venue for one of the the NSA Eastern Region Annual Ram Sales, so the region shares a good working relationship with the market, vendors and buyers from the surrounding counties.

We will feature a number of live demonstrations so you can check out exactly how equipment will work in a practical situation. 

Seminar Sessions
Always very popular with visitors are the seminar sessions held in the warm and excellent facilities of Melton Mowbray’s banqueting suite. These will be practical and helpful talks that will help sheep farmers on a variety of subjects. 

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and entrance will be FREE for NSA members but remember to bring along your membership card to get this special entry price.  Non-members will be charged £5.

Event organiser is Jonathan Barber, NSA Eastern Regional Manager in conjunction with Ceres Solutions, Crogham Offices, Wymondham, Norfolk  NR18 0RR and can be contacted on 01953 607860 or [email protected]

A full gallery of pictures from previous events can be viewed here.


The focus of these talks / seminars provided at this years Winter Fair is practical and helpful information to make your sheep flocks more profitable. Don’t miss out
on hearing these top speakers. There will be ample time for you to ask questions


10.30 - Kate Hovers (BVSc CertSHP MRCVS) - 'Reducing lameness in flocks'

Kate will outline the 5 point plan as developed by MSD Animal Health to dramatically reduce flock lameness.

11.00 - Charles Sercombe (NFU Livestock Chairman and local sheep farmer) - 'Future thoughts on the sheep sector'

Charles will give his views on the future of the sector following the Government's information on the likley direction for funding.

11.30 - Robert Spink (Sheep Farmer) - 'Sheep farming in an arble rotation'

Robert was an NSA Next Generation Ambassador. He runs his owm sheep flock and also is shepherd on a large arable farm in Suffolk. robert will outline the challenges and opportunitieswith the intergration of sheep on an arable farm.

12.00 - Phil Stocker (Chief Executive NSA) - 'Improving the welfare and longevity of rams in commercial sheep flocks'

Phil will report on the findings of the Animal Welfare Foundation fundedproject on ram welfare and longevity. The project team worked with NSA to gather feedback from a range of commercial sheep farmers. He will discuss the recommendations for ram breeders and buyers to ensure rams have a long and productive working life.

12.30 - Charlie Thompson, BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS (Zoetis Veterinary Consultant) - Controlling Worms in Sheep – the 'Spring Rise'

Charlie will give visitors an insight into the problems that occur with the spring rise of parasites around lambing time and how best to tackle this.

13.00 - Liz Genever (Senior Beef & Lamb Scientist at AHDB) - 'Managing younger ewes at lambing time'

Looking after young ewes in your flock can cut down culling and losses and improve production. Liz will expand on this and also introduce visitors to the exciting and new Challenge Sheep Project.

13.00 - Howard Gilbert (Volac) - 'Successful rearing of surplus lambs'

Howard will report of a study carried out at IBERS Aberystwyth University looking into the most successful way to rear surplus lambs and the margins that can be achieved.

14.00 - Melton Mowbray Market -  'Sheep trade and the live market'

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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: [email protected] 

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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: [email protected]

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Specialists in trace element boluses for cattle and sheep. 
T: 01359 252181 
E: info@animax-vet.com 

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Bonanza Calf Nutrition

Producers of renowned Shine range of milk replacers for calves and lambs.

T. 0808 178 1017

E. [email protected]

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British Wool

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

T: 01274 688666 

E: [email protected] 

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Cargill Premix and Nutrition

Cargill offers a full range of animal nutrition and management solutions for producers, feed retailers and feed manufacturers. 

E. [email protected]

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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: [email protected] 

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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: [email protected] 

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Membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales.

T. 020 7235 0511

E. [email protected]

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Clinwil Nutrition Services

Livestock nutritionists. Specialists in trace elements 

T: 01568 708708

E: [email protected]

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Eco-Baughans 2000 Ltd

Family owned company specialising in the manufacture and supply of quality re-cycling equipment and re-handling attachments at affordable prices.

T. 01327 262839

E. [email protected]

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Farmers Fresh

Warwickshire-based lamb abattoir, supplying quality lamb carcasses, cuts & offal to customers in both the UK and Europe.

T. 01926 853211

E. [email protected]

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G. Shepherd Animal Health

Providing products and quality advice for the health and wellbeing of your stock.

T. 01772 690131

E. [email protected]

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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: [email protected] 

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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: [email protected] 

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Lleyn Sheep Society

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

T: 01758 730366 

E: [email protected] 

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Manor Farm Feeds

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

T: 01664 454256

E: [email protected]

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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: [email protected] 

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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: [email protected] 

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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: [email protected] 

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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: [email protected] 

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

T: 01223 206877 

E: [email protected]

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