NSA welcomes back pedigree sheep breeders to online Breed Society Forum

27th April 2021

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is looking forward to welcoming pedigree sheep breeders from across the UK to its 2021 NSA Breed Society Forum that returns next week after a two year absence.
Having been forced to cancel last year’s forum due to Covid-19, this year’s online format will provide a long-overdue opportunity for NSA and NSA-affiliated breed societies to exchange information and share updates on their respective activities and priorities. 
Joining NSA representatives will be some leading names from the UK sheep industry delivering information on key topics currently affecting the UK pedigree sheep sector. NSA will be pleased to welcome Marcus Bates and Rob Grinnal from the UK Export Certification Partnership to speak about the latest work on the export of breeding animals from the UK as well as Alison Braddock from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) discussing the latest developments on work from the Premium Sheep and Goat Health Schemes.
Leading the forum will be NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker, he comments: “The NSA Breed Society Forum is always an enjoyable and informative day bringing together sheep breeders from all corners of the UK representing a wide range of sheep breeds. Of course, it is a shame that we will not be able to meet in person, but an online forum does provide the opportunity for a greater number of representatives to join together virtually to benefit from hearing the session’s useful updates.
“As ever we are grateful to our line-up of speakers for agreeing to join us and we look forward to hearing their targeted and relevant updates for this sector of the UK sheep industry.”
Interested parties can join one or both of the online sessions on Thursday 6th May commencing at 11am with an update from NSA Head Office staff on the association’s current activity and policy work. A short break will be taken over lunchtime with the second session commencing at 1pm.
Further details of speakers and discussion topics can be found on the NSA website www.nationalsheep.org.uk/events along with links for pre-registration ahead of the online forum.