Positivity at NSA Sheep Event despite uncertainties for the future
Tremendous crowds leant a positive atmosphere to the flagship biennial event of the NSA held on Wednesday 18th July at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.
NSA Sheep 2018 had few more answers about Brexit than the show held two years’ ago, just after the EU referendum was held. But with a theme of ‘Thriving in an uncertain future’, the one-day business-to-business event provided attendees with information, advice and ideas to safeguard themselves and their flocks whatever happens politically over the coming months and years.
Maintaining the industry with that shrinking pot of money was a topic that flowed through the four seminars at the event led by NSA officeholders and featuring industry leaders and experts. Considering subjects such as stimulating demand for sheepmeat both domestically and internationally, public goods delivered by the sheep sector, and utilising technology within the sector to help businesses thrive, the seminars provided opportunity for all to contemplate a future positively
In addition to the seminars, double the number of workshops were delivered at NSA Sheep 2018 compared to previous years allowing visitors to focus on specific topics in more detail, including foot health, nutrition, responsible antibiotic use and sustainable parasite control. The workshop area also saw NSA Next Generation lead two sessions on the future of employed shepherds in the UK, and NSA and Woodland Trust jointly launch a new booklet offering practical advice on integrating trees onto sheep farms.
A packed day also saw a record number of international visitors attend, a number of awards and prizes awarded, various demonstrations run, and a popular sheepdog sale take place.