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NSA Scotland, the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association

*NEW* NSA Scotland Member Newsletter - November Edition

NSA Scotland are delighted to announce the first edition of the new NSA Scotland Member Newsletter.

This will be published on a bi-monthly basis to keep NSA Scotland members up to date with what is happening in the Scottish Sheep industry and within the organisation. 

Please get in touch with Grace Reid if you would like to feature in the next edition or have suggestions of things you would like to hear about!

We hope you enjoy reading it!

2021 #LambforStAndrewsDay!

Don't be late to the party!

As a small reminder, #LambforStAndrewsDay is not far away and we are encouraging all NSA Scotland members and the sheep industry to contribute to the “Lamb Bank” to help tell the positive story of sheep farming and promote the eating of lamb, especially in schools. Members selling sheep via an IAAS mart can donate the funds from the sale of one or more sheep into the Lamb Bank, which will be used to supply Scottish schools during the week of November 30th. It is hoped that over 180 schools and 35,000 pupils will receive the benefit of this fantastic campaign this year and any support will be gratefully appreciated.

NZ FTA - Dismayed, Disappointed and Worse... Not Surprised

It has been announced under the new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that New Zealand exporters will be able to send 35,000 tonnes of lamb to the UK tariff-free for the first four years. This will then rise to 50,000 tonnes for 10 years before quotas are removed altogether - similar to what has previously been outlined with Australia.

NSA Scotland Chair, Jen Craig comments: "NSA Scotland is dismayed yet again that our elected representatives in Westminster are showing a complete lack of understanding of how their new trade deals are likely to impact on the sheep sector. Yet another tariff free access for a major sheep producing nation to the UK could be devastating for Scottish sheep farmers.The deal offers a lot to NZ sheep farmers and very little to UK sheep farmers and that is completely unacceptable. Our sheep farmers time and time again have had looming threats held over their heads and whilst Brexit was promised to be an opportunity, we have not yet seen any reward throughout the FTA process to date. The international trade secretary said British farmers should not be concerned about increased lamb imports because the lambing seasons were different in the UK and New Zealand. This statement is wholly inadmissible and whilst factually correct its simplest form, it is obvious that other factors come into play. Our nation's sheep farmers strive to produce the most natural, sustainable and nutritious protein source globally and the recognition and reward for this is sorely in need of improvement. We need significant safeguards and commitment shown to our industry and equivalent standards of production is a starting point."

NSA Scotland 2021 #LoveLambWeek Photography Competition

RSABI GREAT GLEN CHALLENGE 2021 - TEAM NSA SCOTLAND!

NSA Scotland Chair, Jen Craig and NSA Scottish Region Coordinator, Grace Reid participated in RSABI’s first-ever Virtual Great Glen Challenge on Friday 27th August by walking over 20km each at Kinross’ Loch Leven Heritage Trail in the early hours of the morning.

NSA Scotland would like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors for their donations which came to the fantastic sum of £565.

NSA Scotland - Lynx in Scotland

DID YOU MISS OUR LATEST WEBINAR?

This webinar was targeted at NSA Scotland members and wider Scottish sheep farmers and crofters to gain information on Lynx in general, why reintroduction is being discussed, the study currently being carried out in the Cairngorms National Park, and to enquire further on matters relating to Lynx.

Get in touch with NSA Scottish Region Coordinator, Grace Reid ([email protected]) for a link to the recording.