Inspiring the Next Generation of sheep farmers

30th October 2014

Young people keen to get ahead in the sheep sector are encouraged to attend a free one-day event in Gloucestershire on Wednesday 12th November.

NSA Next Generation and RASE have teamed up to offer this exciting and interactive conference and farm walk at Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5HF.

The day will cover a wide range of topics of interest to young sheep producers, whether they have a long family history of farming or are starting as a new entrant. Speakers will look at different routes into the sheep sector while the interactive afternoon session will look at the opportunities and threats facing young sheep keepers and what can be done to tackle the barriers to success.

Joanne Briggs of the NSA Next Generation project says: “NSA and RASE have brought together a great line-up of speakers, including sheep producers operating entirely on rented land, farm owners, shepherds and share farmers. Attendees can also find out about applying to be a NSA Next Generation Ambassador, as well as meeting the current Ambassadors, who are all young, ambitious and running impressive sheep enterprises of their own.”

Charlotte Johnston, RASE Technical Specialist – Livestock, says: “For a young person interested in developing a career in the industry, sharing ideas and meeting like-minded people is of upmost importance. We hope that attendees will be encouraged and inspired from listening to the speakers and fellow young producers.”

The event is free of charge to attend but please register in advance at Find out more about the NSA Ambassadors at

Notes to editors:-

For further information or to attend on Wednesday 12th November as a member of the press, please contact Charlotte Johnston at RASE on 02476 692470, 07779 572598 or [email protected].
For information about the NSA Next Generation Ambassador Programme and photographs, please contact Joanne Briggs at NSA on 07807 237982 or [email protected].
The National Sheep Association is an organisation that represents the views and interests of sheep producers throughout the UK. It is funded by its membership of sheep farmers and its activities involve it in every aspect of the sheep industry. More at and
RASE is committed to communicating ground breaking technology for the benefit of agriculture through the ‘Innovation for Agriculture’ initiative. More at