• Ruth MacDonald
  • Photo: Gavin MacDonald
  • Photo: Beth Menzies
  • Photo: Stewart Kennedy
NSA Scotland, the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association

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


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


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. 


*NEW* - NSA Scotland Chairman's Blog

Have a look below in our Latest News section to read our Chairman's Blog - June 2021.

The Day NSA Scotsheep Should Have Been! Webinar

Thursday 29th May seen the day NSA Scotsheep should have been. Accompanying various social media posts and Facebook stories was a dedicated webinar held by NSA Scottish Region to mark the day. "Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye! - The challenge of establishing and future proofing sheep farming in Scotland” seen NSA Scottish Region Chair Jen Craig host the evening with panel members consisting of NSA Scottish Region Coordinator Grace Reid, NSA Scotsheep Hosts Robert and Hazel Mc Nee and Brian Richardson, UK Head of Agriculture, CYBG Plc.

Have a look at the recording below!