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NSA Scotland, the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association

CORONA VIRUS ADVICE FOR FARMERS WHILST TRAVELLING

During the current Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, farmers, as key workers, are advised to carry a document stating why they are travelling in case of being stopped and questioned by the emergency services. 

NSA Scotland members are also recommended to carry their NSA membership card with them.

Please follow the link to download a template letter for you to carry.

https://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/nsa-scotland/news/29231/advice-to-farmers-whilst-travelling-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

Colin MacGregor, (left), Lochearnhead, is presented with the NSA's Silver Salver by NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2020 NSA SCOTLAND SILVER SALVER AWARD

National Sheep Association (NSA) Scotland committee are currently seeking nominations for the 2020 recipient of one of the sheep industry’s most prestigious accolades – The Silver Salver. This award is presented annually at ScotSheep or HighlandSheep events to an individual or organisation for outstanding contribution to the sheep industry.

Jen Craig (NSA Scotland Chairman) comments: “This award demonstrates the appreciation NSA Scotland has for its hard-working members and the exceptional people who make up our sheep farming sector.  This is a small step towards thanking those who have had lifetime commitments to further advance the Scottish sheep industry who may not have had the recognition they deserve.”

For further information please see our Latest News section below.

EWE HOGG ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR NSA SCOTSHEEP 2020 SHOW AND SALE

Entries are now being accepted for the multi-breed show and sale of pairs of ewe hoggs which will feature at this year’s national sheep event NSA Scotsheep 2020.

The biennial event, organised by the Scottish region of the National Sheep Association, with Clydesdale Bank as major sponsor, will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at Robert and Hazel McNee’s Over Finlarg unit, Tealing, Dundee.

It’s set to attract a strong line-up of ewe hoggs born in 2019 from well-known breeders across the country.  

For more information: https://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/nsa-scotland/news/28926/ewe-hogg-entries-sought-for-nsa-scotsheep-2020-show-and-sale/

Farquhar Renwick and William Gray

SCOTLAND'S DUO HEAD TO EUROPEAN YOUNG SHEPHERD COMPETITION

Just 4 more days to Farquhar Renwick and William Gray represent Scotland in the European Young Shepherd Competition held at the Paris International Agricultural Show on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

All at NSA Scotland wish the two competitors every success in the competition and look forward to hearing how they get on.

Scotland's Sea Eagle Dispute

Continuing from The Scottish Farmer’s recent publications on the impacts of Sea Eagles, Scottish Natural Heritage have reiterated acknowledgement of predation on live lambs. Results from Scotland’s Western monitor farms have consistently recorded losses of lambs due to Sea Eagles. Speaking to Sybil MacPherson, past Chairman of NSA Scotland and local Argyllshire farmer to Sea Eagle nests: “Much needed finance has been made available to the farmers in the locality. However, this does not address the impacts and issues presented by Sea Eagles. Not only are the birds unsustainable to the livelihoods of farmers they are having a huge impact on the diversity of wildlife which surrounds us. The increasing number and hunger of birds are the main drivers to losses suffered on the ground. Progress is starting to be made albeit unaccepting slow. Seeing the impact these birds are having on sheep flocks on a day to day basis and being unable to protect the flock is having serious repercussions on the mental health of farmers who dedicate their lives to their animals.

To read more see the News Section below.

NSA Scotland ARRM (AGM) and Burns Night Supper

NSA Scotland held their ARMM (AGM) at United Auctions Stirling on Friday 17th January 2020 alongside their inaugural Burns Night Supper held at the Westlands Hotel in Dunblane. For more information have a look at our latest news section below.