Northern Ireland Sheep Farmer brings the ‘Next Generation’ to NSA board

15th January 2019

National Sheep Association is pleased to announce Northern Irish shepherd Jonny Farmer as the latest member of the NSA Board of Trustees following his appointment at the boards first meeting of 2019 last week.

Jonny, who works as an employed shepherd between Ballymena and Ballycastle, joins the Board following his election to the role of NSA Northern Region Vice President in 2018. He currently heads a team working with 900 Lleyn and New Zealand Romney ewes and is keen to represent the employed shepherd on the Board as a key component of the UK sheep industry as well as farm owners in their own right.

Jonny comments: “I am honoured to be elected to join the NSA Board of Trustees. NSA has such an important role to play in the support it offers sheep farmers across the UK but there is opportunity for raised awareness of this in Northern Ireland. I am looking forward to working with the first-rate NSA Northern Ireland committee in raising the NSA profile in the region.”

Jonny first became involved with NSA through the NSA Next Generation Ambassador programme, a project that encourages and support sheep farmers of the future, and now becomes the first NSA Next Generation Ambassador to rise through the ranks of office holders to become Trustee.

Jonny continues: “Having had the privilege of being a NSA Next Generation Ambassador, I have been able to witness first-hand the amount of enthusiasm amongst young people within the sheep sector to continue to drive our industry forward. I will be keen to ensure the future of these young people are central to discussions and debates that I am now proud to be part of on the NSA Board.”

Last week’s board meeting also saw NSA Chairman Bryan Griffiths re-elected as NSA Chairman to serve the second year of his term in office.