NSA Samuel Wharry Memorial Award for the Next Generation
The very first NSA Samuel Wharry Memorial Award for the Next Generation took the form of two £2,750 travel bursaries funded by NSA and the Company of Merchants of the Staple of England to support young people (under the age of 35) in a study trip and written report in 2019/20 to explore the application of science in sheep production. Having been postponed due to Covid-19. NSA and the Staple hope to open applications for the next travel bursary award in late summer 2021.
Travel bursary recipients share findings from insightful trips.
NSA is excited to finally be able to share the interesting reports written by the first two recipients of the NSA Samuel Wharry Memorial Award for the Next Generation, Marie Prebble and Charlie Beaty.
Having applied for the bursary of £2,750 each, awarded by NSA alongside the Company of Merchants of the Staple of England, Marie and Charlie were chosen from a very high standard of candidate back in spring 2019 and then able to start planning their trips.
Marie, a well know shearing enthusiast, farming 550 Romney ewes in Kent chose to investigate ‘Practical considerations for shearing in the United Kingdom’ combining trips to France, Norway and Iceland as well as many UK farms to gain insights into shearing practices and the related animal welfare.
Charlie, who farms 300 North Country Mules in Warwickshire alongside an arable and beef enterprise wanted to focus on the value of grassland for her study titles ‘Improvement and utilisation of permanent pasture to reduce the cost of production on UK sheep farms’. For this Charlie travelled to New Zealand to investigate the countries grassland management strategies.
Download the full reports below.
NSA Next Generation, supporting the future of the sheep industry through young people. NSA believes the UK sheep sector 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, through a number of activities throughout the country. The programme began in July 2012 with the support of a number of companies and individuals, including Samuel Wharry, whose legacy lives on in the form of the NSA Samuel Wharry Memorial Award for the Next Generation. Samuel was a sheep farmer from Carnlough, County Antrim, and NSA Chairman when he died suddenly in May 2017, aged just 56. As an advocate of science and technology, particularly relating to genetics, the memorial award ensures his enthusiasm, curiosity and practical nature live on.
The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England dates back to at least 1359; there is some historical evidence that is dates back to before 1265, when groups of merchants formed an organisation to strengthen their hold on the sale and export of wool. After that date they operated in London and a number of continental towns and cities, securing a Royal Charter in 1347, which was essentially a monopoly to engage in the export trade in raw wools, woolfells and hides from England, and to supply the great woollen industry of the continent. This continued until the mid-18th Century when the monopoly fell into decline. The Company now meets three times a year, is based in York and has a diverse membership, many of whom have or had strong connections with the woollen and textile industries. Its role is now primarily charitable.