Sheep farmers encouraged to update their nutritional knowledge with NSA webinars

5th October 2020

Following a successful transition from face to face seminars to online webinars this summer, the National Sheep Association (NSA) will be continuing its offering of timely, valuable advice in its next extensive programme of Autumn webinars to be held as part of its ‘Virtual celebration of sheep farming’.

NSA’s programme of webinars will this time be mostly themed to fit with the Autumn online event’s focus ‘Feeding the flock – and getting it right’. The nutrition focussed discussions will provide sheep farmers with the chance to hear from industry experts in the comfort, safety and convenience of their own homes as Covid-19 restrictions continue to limit the opportunity to join traditional evening meetings often held by NSA regions at this time of year.

Many of NSA’s long-standing supporters will be joining the webinars to deliver interesting and useful information. Sponsors and speakers for the two-day series include AHDB, MSD Animal Health, Rumenco, ForFarmers, The Woodland Trust, Agriwebb, Bimeda, Carrs Billington and British Wool.

All webinars will be open to everyone to join, with free registration for each webinar available in advance from the NSA’s new online event website There will also be an opportunity for all who register and attend a webinar to win a fantastic prize from event sponsors Rumenco; One tonne of new Rumevite feed blocks.

The opportunity to view new products and demonstrations will also run alongside the webinar programme as trade stand exhibitors and breed societies are able to deliver information to interested sheep farmers through their own dedicated area of the website.

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “We have been thrilled by the success of our webinars since this new way of sharing information was somewhat forced upon us earlier this year. Now, as a permanent feature of the knowledge exchange NSA is proud to deliver alongside some incredibly experienced and interesting speakers we hope that our new line up of Autumn webinars will appeal to sheep farmers, students, veterinary professionals and more who are looking to update their knowledge on flock nutrition and other topics.”.

Details of the webinar programme and registrations links can be found below as well as on the NSA website – Recordings from previous NSA webinars can be viewed at

Tuesday 20th October


Webinar Title




Principles of feeding sheep

Nerys Wright, AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager



Supplementing forage – How feeding blocks and buckets can provide an efficient return on investment

Dr Alison Bond, Rumenco Technical Services Manager



The importance of hitting the lamb market at the right time

James Hague, ForFarmers Marketing & Technical Director




Getting started with technology

Josh Brock, Agriwebb and Ed Bray, Lincolnshire sheep farmer


Wednesday 21st October


The role of key trace elements in sheep health and fertility

Peter Bone, independent livestock and grassland consultant on behalf of Bimeda



Flock benefits from trees, from improving FEC to minerals and worms

Dr Lindsay Whistance Organic Research Centre, Dr Nigel Kendall, Nottingham Vet School and Sam Hollick, Bangor University.


The Woodland Trust


Getting ewe colostrum right: How to ensure your lambs get the best start

Kat Baxter Smith, MSD Veterinary Advisor

MSD Animal Health


Interpretation of forage analyses and feed labelling

Paul Mardell, Carrs Billington Technical Manager , and Dr Ruth Lawson, Carrs Billington Ruminant Technical Manager

Carrs Billington


Current wool market situation and British Wool’s consumer focussed marketing strategy

Graham Clark, British Wool Director of Marketing

British Wool