NSA runs a series of regional Young Shepherd Competitions, as well as a biennial national final. We also support a UK team in attending the European and World Finals. More here.
The sheep sector into the UK needs innovative, enthusiastic and professional young people coming through in order to survive. NSA Next Generation is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the sheep farmers and service providers of the future.
This website collects lots of information useful to young people in the sheep sector, whether you’re farming in your own right, starting to take more responsibility in a family business, just beginning as an new entrant or one day hoping to get into the sheep sector. Take a look around – and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or have some new information to share, please get in touch.
Get ready to apply for exciting new travel bursaries from NSA in partnership with the Company of Merchants of the Staple of England
NSA is very excited to announce the launch of two £2,750 travel bursaries to support two young people in study trips in 2019.
The bursaries are open to UK residents aged 21-34 looking to complete a trip in 2019 to learn more about the practical application of science and technology in the sheep sector.
Whether you want to explore sheep farming enterprises on the other side of the world or are keener to see how sheep are farmed a little closer to home the bursaries offer the flexibility and opportunity to plan a sherpherding trip of a lifetime!
NSA Sheep Event 2018 saw young shepherds from across the UK competitng for the title of NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire. Taking the title this year was Rob Walker from Clitheroe, Lancashire who is a partner in the family business farming 1300 Swaledale ewes.
If you would like to compete in future NSA Next Generation shepherd competitions look out for details of our NSA events featuring the competitions in 2019.
NSA Regions will also be holding Next Generation training events throughout 2019 to give those seeking further guidance and experience working with sheep the opportunity to learn from NSA members and leading industry experts.
NSA helps young people find work experience, college/uni work placements and employment in the sheep sector, through our network of farmer members. More here.
NSA supports its sheep farming members by promoting those farmers in need of lambing staff. Agricultural students and trainee vets can use these valuable work experience placements to gain vital skills. More here.