NSA Scotland Field Day set to inspire and inform this Autumn

22nd September 2023

Scotland’s sheep farmers can maximise their flock health this Autumn as the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA), alongside industry experts, welcomes producers to its first ‘NSA Scotland Field Day’ on Tuesday 31st October 2023.

Taking place at the renowned Fearn Farm, on the Easter Ross Peninsula, by kind permission of the Scott Family, the day will allow visitors to view real time demonstrations with the farm’s flock of commercial sheep and join numerous industry workshops offering the chance to learn and discuss with fellow sheep producers.

The day, sponsored by Elanco, will address and demonstrate best practice concerning the issue of flock health and welfare from efficient stock handling and data collection to parasite management and disease prevention.

NSA Scotland Chair Peter Myles comments: “NSA Scotland is very much looking forward to welcoming new and old faces to the region’s first Field Day. This will be a fantastic opportunity for sheep producers to gain up to date advice from incredibly knowledgeable and experienced sessions in what is a fantastic location with highly respected farm hosts.”

The NSA Scotland Field Day is open to both NSA members and non members and will be free to attend. Those joining the event will have the chance to benefit from a choice of the following useful and interesting workshops throughout the day:

  1. “Butchery Demonstration”, led by Gordon Newlands, QMS Brand Development Manager
  2. “Looking after your business", led by Virgin Money, Stephen Buchan, Shearwell Data and John Scott, FarmStrong Scotland
  3. “Maximising Available Resources”, led by Ieuan Davis and Megan Pedley, Agrimin.
  4. “Positive Health and Welfare Planning”, led by Lucy Rogers BVMS MRCVS, Foundry Vets.
  5. “Best Practice on Farm”, led by Elanco and Techion UK Ltd.
  6. “Genetics and Marketing”, led by Neil and Debbie McGowan, Incheoch Farm.

Mr Myles continues: “The varied programme of the day, we hope, will appeal to a wide range of sheep producers. And of course, it will be a great opportunity to meet up with farming friends before the winter arrives.”

The day will conclude with a live cookery demonstration and lamb BBQ, and a chance to network with fellow attendees. Although the event is free, advance registration is required online or by contacting NSA Scottish Region Coordinator, Grace Reid via email grace@nationalsheep.org.uk or telephone 07787 142858.