Things are in full swing for an amazing NSA Welsh Sheep event on Tuesday 21st May. We're looking forward to seeing lots of you there - and remember, NSA members get half price entry at only £6*. Find out more at www.welshsheep.org.uk.
*Only one discounted entry per membership card, even if membership is held in a joint name.
NSA member needing information on wormer resistance: Charles Willox, a retired shepherd studying for a Masters degree at Harper Adams University, is asking all NSA members to visit https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/harper-adams/ovine2013 and complete his survey on how the issue of wormer resistance is regarded within the sheep farming community. Charles is not linked to any commercial companies and this survey is different to the Farming Against Wormer Resistance survey that was recently circulated. (Please note this is the correct link, replacing the link circulated in the NSA Weekly Email Update.
Interactive warning systems for nematodirus and fly strike
NSA is supporting two new initiatives for 2013, both involving realtime notification of nematodirus and fly strike treats as temperatures rise around the UK. Click here for the SCOPS nematodirus warning page to see if you area is affected yet. And click here to both report fly strike on your farm and see other incidences in your area.
Our understanding of Schmallenberg, as it currently stands, can be found here. We also urge all sheep farmers to fill in the 2012/13 Lambing Survey, to help the industry learn more about Schmallenberg and other challenges facing sheep this lambing time - find out more here.
Win a mobile sheep handling system
NSA has launced an exciting new membership recruitment camaign, which will allow one lucky NSA member to win a Rappa 10ft Super Mobile Sheep Yard.
Anyone signing up to NSA between now and 23rd September 2013 will automatically be entered into the draw, and if an existing NSA member recommends them, they will get an entry too. The great news for existing members is there is no limit to the number of entries they can have - the more people they refer who sign up, the more entries they get. Full details here.
New membership category for 2013 for Under 27s
NSA is delighted to announce a new membership category for 2013, allowing anyone under the age of 27 to pay just £25 a year (instead of the usual £50). If you are currently paying £50 and are under 27 years of age, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before your renewal date.
Current student members will be contacted on their renewal date regarding this, as this membership category replaces the old student category.
We now sell copies of the British Sheep and Wool book
The NSA is now selling the British Sheep & Wool book, a gorgeous 180-page glossy book detailing all the sheep breeds farmed in the UK, including native and continental breeds.
This concise reference guide, published by the British Wool Marketing Board, makes a lovely gift so snatch up a copy today for £10 (+ £2.50 P&P) by emailing email@example.com.
NSA Sheep Event 2012
The Sheep Event, held every other year at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, was a huge success in July. Watch our video for the highlights, including an interview with BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson.