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26th October 2023 Inaugural NSA conference puts healthy animals at the centre of sustainable sheep production Delegates at the inaugural National Sheep Association (NSA) Sheep Farmers’ Conference were enthused for the healthy future of the sector yesterday (Wednesday 25th October) as leading industry names and highly respected farmers came together at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, to discuss methods to measure, promote and improve flock health. Read More
18th October 2023 NSA calls for a root and branch review of Red Tractor The National Sheep Association (NSA) considers the latest actions of Red Tractor to have sideswiped the sheep farming sector once again following the announcement of its Greener Farms Commitment last week. NSA is deeply concerned none of the detail of the Commitment has been discussed with those directly impacted and following an extraordinary meeting of the NSA English Committee earlier this week is calling for a root and branch review of the assurance scheme and its governance. Read More
17th October 2023 Farmers to share honest experiences delving into the detail of flock health Three progressive sheep farmers will share their experiences undertaking investigative testing to determine flock health status next week as the National Sheep Association’s (NSA’s) inaugural Sheep Farmers’ Conference, welcomes farmer delegates from across the UK. Read More
10th October 2023 NSA frustrated over details of Welsh Habitat Scheme The National Sheep Association (NSA) is frustrated as the detail of the Welsh Government’s Habitat Scheme has emerged revealing worrying inequalities for farmers seeking support to further their environmental work. The interim scheme is intended to be a bridge between the existing Glastir Land Management Scheme and the Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS) planned for 2025, but NSA is concerned it will lead to disparity between farmers in Wales. Read More
4th October 2023 Further progress made on veterinary attestations A further meeting took place on Thursday (28th September) between Defra and industry to keep the pressure up on preparing for the introduction of the requirement for farms to have had a veterinary attestation in order for products to be exported after 13th December this year. Read More
3rd October 2023 NSA welcomes long awaited Animal Welfare Committee report The National Sheep Association (NSA) is encouraged by some of the recommendations made in the ‘Animal Welfare Committee report on the Implications of Castration and Tailing in Sheep’, recently made available by Scottish Government. The Association is urging UK governments to now consider what next steps will be made following the report to advance UK sheep health and welfare. Read More
3rd October 2023 Young sheep farmers welcomed at new NSA conference As part of NSA’s crucial work to support the future of the sector, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is giving five lucky young sheep farmers the chance to attend its inaugural Sheep Farmers’ Conference taking place later this month for free. The new event will welcome sheep farmers and industry professionals from across the UK to its venue at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham on Wednesday 25th October 2023. Read More
2nd October 2023 NSA Scottish Region welcomes long-awaited Scottish Ag Bill The Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA) is pleased the long wait for clarity in the Scottish livestock sector is over, with the publication of the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill. NSA Scottish Region welcomes Scottish Government’s approach to enabling low carbon, efficient, productive, resilient farming businesses – but hopes that, as the detail of the bill becomes clearer, it is not the case that policymakers have been blinded by low carbon only and failed to recognise that food production will never be emission-free. Read More
2nd October 2023 NSA looking for full-time Technical Communications Officer and part-time Northern Ireland Region Coordinator A new position at the National Sheep Association (NSA) has created an exciting opportunity for a passionate communicator to join a dedicated team working on behalf of the UK sheep sector. The position of NSA Technical Communications Officer will suit someone with excellent writing skills and an understanding of / interest in the UK livestock sector. Read More
27th September 2023 NSA and Provita – Gift Aid Giveaway Terms & Conditions NSA is giving away three Provita body warmers and beanie hats to three current members who opt into Gift Aid. Entry to the giveaway is automatic for individuals with a UK address who opt into Gift Aid between 00.01 on Wednesday 27th September 2023 and 23. Read More