Here you will find the latest updates on NSA activity, and responses to industry news or Government announcements.
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27th February 2024
NSA Sheep Worrying by Dogs Awareness Week to highlight industry work on serious issue
The National Sheep Association (NSA) will intensify its work to highlight the devastating issue of sheep worrying by dogs during its week long awareness campaign next month.
The annual campaign is timed to coincide with a period that often sees a spike in attacks on sheep, as day length increases and dog walkers begin to spend more recreational time walking through fields, potentially home to livestock.
23rd February 2024
NSA North Sheep Event Organiser hands over the reins
Having led organisation of the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) popular North Sheep event since 2016, well known industry face, Heather Stoney Grayshon has stepped down from the role following delivery of several successful industry events.
In combination with her previous job as NSA Northern Region Manager Heather brought together the very best of the sheep industry to organise NSA North Sheep in 2017, 2019 and finally in 2023 with a welcome return for the biennial show following two postponements due to the covid pandemic.
22nd February 2024
Contributions made to the North of England sheep sector rewarded by NSA
Two respected sheep farmers from the Northern Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA) were recognised for their valued contributions made to the northern sheep industry at a recent NSA meeting.
Well known, former Secretary of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association, John Stephenson from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was surprised to be presented with the TI Allison Award at the NSA Northern Region Annual Members’ Meeting (ARMM) at the start of February.
20th February 2024
Relaxation of Bluetongue-3 control zones welcomed by NSA, but farmers urged to remain vigilant
Temporary Control Zones (TCZs) that have limited the movement of livestock to control the spread of bluetongue have now been removed easing difficulties for many sheep and beef farmers in South East England.
The removal of the zones, announced by Defra, came in to force yesterday (Monday 19th February) but certain restrictions do remain to reduce the risk of the spread of the bluetongue-3 (BTV-3) strain.
8th February 2024
Opportunity for NSA North Sheep Event Assistant
NSA Northern Region is looking for a self-employed contractor to offer support services for NSA North Sheep 2025. The contract will begin in spring 2024 and last until the end of June 2025, to deliver the services detailed below for a set fee.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about the sheep industry and agricultural events to provide valuable services to NSA Northern Region.
7th February 2024
Improved police powers to tackle livestock worrying crimes welcomed by NSA
The National Sheep Association (NSA) is welcoming steps taken toward tougher punishments for the crime of sheep worrying by dogs this week following full Government support being given to new legislation to tackle this devastating issue.
Following the updated legislation, the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) Bill, Police will now be given greater powers to respond to livestock worrying incidents more effectively - making it easier for them to collect evidence and, in the most serious cases, seize and detain dogs to reduce the risk of further attacks.
7th February 2024
The future of flock health in Wales fortified by NSA funding
The National Sheep Association (NSA) Wales/Cymru Region is pleased to announce its support for a new project led by the Wales Veterinary Science Centre taking control of the future health and welfare of Wales’s sheep flock.
The project, to test for iceberg diseases, such as Maedi-Visna, Johnes, CLA and hopefully Border disease, will make improvements in sheep health and welfare, improve disease control, specify agreed standards to ensure a level playing field and create strong links with stakeholders like farmers, vets and consumers.
6th February 2024
Young sheep farmers to embark on new journey with NSA as part of popular development programme
The National Sheep Association (NSA) is excited to bring together its 2024 cohort of NSA Next Generation Ambassadors for the first time next week.
Having undergone a thorough interview process assessing each candidates experience and ambition for their own sheep farming careers as well as the future of the wider sheep sector the new group of Ambassadors will now begin a series of personal and career technical development sessions as part of the programme.
30th January 2024
National Sheep Association commends firm stance on trade
The National Sheep Association (NSA) is commending the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) for its firm stance on trade amid Canada quota talks.
The UK has been in talks with Canada for the past two years, whilst continuing to trade under EU terms in the interim, allowing the UK to continue selling imported products such as cheese without facing import tax.
29th January 2024
Nation’s sheep farmers given chance to win with NSA 2024 prize draw
The National Sheep Association (NSA) is excited to announce the launch of its latest prize giveway offering the nation's sheep farmers a fantastic opportunity to improve their stock transportation with the prize of a brand new livestock trailer.