Here you will find the latest updates on NSA activity, and responses to industry news or Government announcements.
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11th April 2022 NSA pleas with dog owners to take responsibility for sheep worrying by dog attacks Findings of a recent survey completed by the National Sheep Association (NSA) have revealed that less than 5% of sheep farmers receive direct contact from the owners of dogs that have been involved in a sheep worrying attack on their livestock. With almost 60% of survey respondents finding evidence of an attack having taken place rather than being alerted by the owner or another witness of an incident the result suggests animals are often likely to be left suffering and injured for a period of time causing extreme distress to the sheep and also the farmer on discovering the upsetting scenes. Read More
5th April 2022 New competition offers young UK sheep farmers access to free expert advice Three lucky young sheep farmers will receive valuable mentoring from industry experts for free this summer, thanks to a competition launched today by the National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation programme and the Register of Sheep advisers (RoSA). Read More
4th April 2022 NSA warns against scams linked to sheep events NSA is aware of a recent influx of emails being sent to commercial companies offering to sell contact details of exhibitors booked in for NSA Sheep 2022 and/or NSA Scot Sheep. These emails are not linked to NSA and are sent by rogue operators trying to dishonestly obtain income. Read More
31st March 2022 NSA disappointed in lack of support for Northern Ireland sheep sector in Future Agricultural Policy The National Sheep Association (NSA) is dismayed by the disregard shown for the Northern Ireland sheep sector in a recent announcement from DAERA Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots. In a statement made last week Mr Poots outlined 54 policy decisions on the Future Agricultural Policy for Northern Ireland. Read More
30th March 2022 NSA welcomes Defra SFI and ‘Farming rules for water’ updates. The National Sheep Association (NSA) is today (Wednesday 30th March) welcoming the updated guidance for farmers in England on the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) from Secretary of State George Eustice. The Defra announcement also provided further guidance on autumn and winter muck spreading and support for using urea fertilisers. Read More
29th March 2022 Buy and sell the best at an NSA Ram Sale As the UK sheep sector hits peak lambing time thoughts at the National Sheep Association (NSA) are already turning to the next breeding season with plans underway for this year’s six multi-breed ram sales offering quality, inspected stock in multiple locations across England and Wales. Read More
25th March 2022 NSA highlights risk to sheep from dog attacks at critical time of farming year The National Sheep Association (NSA) is reminding dog owners to act responsibly if choosing to get out to enjoy the countryside this weekend as the current fine spring weather continues and the ‘official’ start of British summertime arrives on Sunday with clocks moving forwards. Read More
23rd March 2022 NSA speaks out in support of levy board following damaging HMRC decision Following the HMRC ruling last week that AHDB will no longer be able to recover VAT the National Sheep Association (NSA) is speaking out in support of the levy board and its appeal on the decision that will mean it is no longer able to recover an estimated £4million. Read More
17th March 2022 NSA expresses concern following P&O announcement The National Sheep Association (NSA) is expressing its serious concern over the impact on the movement of breeding sheep and goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland following the announcement from P&O Ferries that it is making serious operational changes from today (Thursday 17th March). Read More
10th March 2022 NSA South West Region leadership continues with the next generation of sheep farmers The National Sheep Association (NSA) South West Region elected its second consecutive Next Generation Ambassador to the role of regional Chairman at its recent Annual Regional Members Meeting (ARMM). Taking over the Chairman’s position from outgoing Chairman Howard Tratt is Olly Matthews who farms near Yatton, Somerset. Read More