2019 farming diaries at the ready for NSA sheep events.
9th August 2018
Show season 2018 may not even be over yet but the National Sheep Association (NSA) is already turning its thoughts to a busy 2019 with several NSA regions confirming dates and locations for their summer events.
Next year will see NSA hold five summer events stretching from Devon to the Highlands of Scotland providing sheep producers across the UK with an ideal opportunity to hear from industry experts, meet with exhibitors to discuss the latest innovations and catch up with sheep farming friends on an enjoyable day out.
The summer will start with NSA Welsh Sheep, this year travelling further north to set up at Glynliffon Agricultural College, Caernarfon, on Tuesday 21st May. This will shortly be followed by NSA North Sheep on Wednesday 5th June, hosted by long standing NSA members, brothers Richard and Chris Frankland of Frankland Farms, Rathmell, Settle, North Yorkshire.
NSA Highland Sheep will then take place on Wednesday 12th June at Sydmister Farm, near Thurso, Caithness by kind permission of the Sutherland family. With this quickly followed by NSA Sheep South West on Tuesday 18th June at Burrington, North Devon and NSA Sheep Northern Ireland on Monday 1st July at Ballymena Livestock Mart, County Antrim.
NSA Sheep South West is of particular interest this time, as it will be hosted by NSA Chairman Bryan Griffiths (pictured right). He and wife Liz will open their farm gates to accommodate the event and offer farm tours to showcase their 900-head flock of commercial Mules and Suffolk Mules ran over over 300 acres.
NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker comments: “We are in a fortunate position to already be looking ahead to our 2019 shows while only just having held NSA Sheep 2018 and NSA South Sheep still to look forward to on Saturday 8th September. We are very excited about them all and will continue to develop them all to ensure the best mix of technical information and entertaining features.
“All at NSA are thrilled that Bryan and Liz have offered to welcome visitors to their family farm in Devon next year for NSA Sheep South West. As NSA Chairman, Bryan already juggles his commitment to the association with his busy farming life so to act as host for such a major event shows real dedication and provides a fantastic opportunity for farmers within South West Region, and indeed further afield, to take part in a valuable day that an event like this can provide.”