NSA and British Wool, ready to set the sheep farming record straight

16th October 2019

With almost weekly headlines claiming agriculture is responsible for many of the environmental and health problems facing todays population, the National Sheep Association (NSA) alongside supporters British Wool are readying themselves to counteract these arguments in a series of honest and informative evening meetings to be held over the next few months.

The meetings, titled ‘Setting the sheep farming record straight’, will be open to all sheep farmers and will include discussions that explore facts and statistics about the UK sheep industry demonstrating the sectors role as part of the solution, rather than the cause, to arguments surrounding climate change in particular.

Travelling the length and breadth of the country the meetings will take place in each of NSA’s UK regions with NSA staff joined by industry supporters including British Wool and others to cover topics including climate change, red meat consumption and sheep welfare.

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker comments: “Most involved with sheep farming recognise the criticisms recently thrown our way are completely unfounded, however, having the factual arguments to lead debates to defend our industry is a key part of the sector joining together to evidence this.

“NSA believes that the UK public deserves to know the truth about the high standards of our farming and the positive impact UK agriculture has on the environment. Too often in recent months our story has been hidden behind damaging, inaccurate research based on worldwide intensive farming systems, so attendance at a meeting such as these that we are proud to present this Autumn and Winter could be vitally important as we aim to spread this message. I am very much looking forward to being a part of these meetings and would encourage all sheep farmers and the wider livestock industry to join us..”

British Wool Producer Marketing Manager Gareth Jones says: “British Wool is looking forward to joining NSA for these important meetings and is looking forward to reminding attendees of the high standards of welfare followed by UK sheep shearers. We are also keen to share information on the environmental benefits of wool, an incredibly key message in today’s climate.”

A full list of meetings with dates and locations can be found at www.nationalsheep.org.uk/events. All meetings are free to attend and open to all involved in the sheep sector, whether an NSA member or not. Light refreshments will be offered at most of the meetings. For further information please contact NSA Head Office on 01684 892661 or email [email protected].

Promotional posters for the meetings are available from NSA head office, please contact [email protected] to request these electronically or as hard copies