As the UK has been on lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic many organisations, including the NSA have offered support and training through online platforms such as webinars, virtual events and podcasts.
Please find below NSA's most recent webinars featuring industry partners and experts. We hope you find the content of value.
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In addition to those featured below, NSA also partnered with The Moredun Institue and Elanco to deliver a webinar on sustainable parasite control back in July 2020. This webinar was recorded by Elanco and features on their own website here.
NSA and Moredun Foundation 'Iceberg Diseases' webinar - recorded May 2020
In spring 2020 we had planned to travel the country to deliver a series of roadshow meetings in relation to Iceberg diseases in sheep, in association with our close partners the Moredun Foundation and the SRUCs Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 putting paid to these plans, we have tried something that we have never done before, webinars. We held three webinars in May, on approaches to reducing the risks and losses from ‘Iceberg’ diseases. All the meetings were the same format and this a recording of one of them for you to listen back to.
NSA 'Getting started in sheep farming' webinar - recorded June 2020
NSA aimed this webinar at a younger audience looking to get started in sheep farming. We were pleased to be joined by four excellent speakers explaining the opportunities available when starting out in the sheep industry; John Fyall an experienced Agricultural Valuer and former NSA Scottish Region Chairman, Adriana Vaux from the Tenant Farmers Association and two of 2020's Next Generation Ambassador group Amy Jo Reid and Dylan Laws.
The webinar discussed:
- How to set up a business plan and what should be included
- Top tips on what to do and what not to do when first starting out
- Managing a work/life balance
- Personal attributes needed and when to know your limits
NSA webinar on Contagious Ovine Digital Dermatitis (CODD) recorded June 2020
Lameness in sheep is regarded by many as one of the most significant welfare concerns affecting the national flock. Whilst much focus is given to foot rot, contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD) has become an increasing cause of lameness in sheep. This webinar features Liz and Bryan Griffiths, NSA Chairman who will give an overview of their flock and the challenges they have faced with lameness, culminating in their ongoing efforts to tackle CODD. Following this there is a presentation from Jennifer Duncan, Senior Lecturer at Liverpool University and sheep vet, Liz Nabb discussing how to get your vet involved and the potential difficulties in diagnosis.
NSA and CIEL grassland webinar recorded July 2020
NSA and CIEL come together for their first joint webinar covering grassland management.
This webinar will features Dr Debbie McConnell from Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), who talks through the GrassCheck project and how farmers can be use the information to plan their grazing and conserved forage during this tricky year caused by the weather.
Helen Mathieu from Germinal also joins the discussion highlighting options for this year to boost forage production and will discuss other pasture species that could be incorporated into leys to help improve resilience during variable years.
MSD lameness workshop - recorded during NSA's Virtual celebration of sheep farming - Breeding the best, August 2020
Join leading sheep vet Fiona Lovatt of Flock Health Ltd for a practical workshop on sheep lameness, including most recent data and guidance on following the Five Point Plan
A buyer and sellers guide to health status, treatment programmes and declarations - recorded during NSA's Virtual celebration of sheep farming - Breeding the best - August 2020.
Join NSA and leading industry names for this webinar recorded as part of the NSA Virtual celebration of sheep farming. Featuring Charles Sercombe, farmer and member of NSA Central Region Committee, Alison Braddock, SRUC and Hannah Donegan, MSD