Here you will find the latest updates on NSA activity, and responses to industry news or Government announcements.
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7th January 2022 NSA Chief Executive reports from Oxford Farming Conference Ongoing disruption due to Covid19 meant the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and Real farming Conference both took place online for a second year running this week. NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker linked into much of the OFC event and spoke in one of the fringe sessions. Read More
7th January 2022 NSA encouraged to see next stage of ELMS development underway NSA is welcoming the unveiling of the next two strands of the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) providing more guidance to farmers in England. Following quickly on the heels of details of the Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFI) released in December the two new schemes, Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery, focus on creating and restoring natural habitats within the farmed environment. Read More
5th January 2022 NSA Breakfast Clubs return to inform and update in 2022 Following on from its success in 2021, the National Sheep Association (NSA)’s series of Breakfast Club webinars is returning for the new year with speakers looking forward to sharing useful and up to date information with sheep farmers and other interested parties throughout 2022. Read More
4th January 2022 ‘Time to focus on the sheep farmers and shepherds’, says National Sheep Association, as it sets out commitments for 2022 As the new year begins the National Sheep Association (NSA) is looking ahead at its overarching priorities, setting out a series of commitments for 2022 to ensure security and success for the industry it works hard to protect. With 2022 set to offer some real opportunities for UK sheep farming but some equally impactful threats, NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker explains the Association’s focus for the year ahead and is keen to give emphasis to the role the farmer has to play. Read More
23rd December 2021 Two opportunities to join the National Sheep Association and provide a voice for the UK sheep industry NSA is looking for a Policy Manager to join the UK-wide team from March 2022 and help drive the high-profile work of the organisation at a time of immense change for the sheep sector. This role is to manage and coordinate NSA’s policy work, ensuring effective internal and external communication and consistent representation of NSA at stakeholder and other relevant meetings. Read More
22nd December 2021 NSA astonished by detrimental impact of Australia deal on UK Farming National Sheep Association (NSA) is astonished by the continued dismissal by the Government on the detrimental impact the UK-Australia trade deal will have on UK Farming. Following the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) own impact assessment which states a ‘reallocation of resources away from agriculture, forestry, and fishing’ of around £94 million, the Association is pressing for proper and urgent scrutiny of the deal by Parliament and the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC). Read More
17th December 2021 NSA angered by trade deal that threatens UK sheep sector Following the formal signing of a new trade deal between the UK and Australia yesterday (Thursday) evening that will give Australia free access to the UK sheep meat market NSA is expressing its grave disappointment. NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “NSA is disappointed that this deal has been pushed through and now signed without any resolution on how TRQs could be managed in a way to limit potential damage to the UK’s own domestic trade. Read More
15th December 2021 NSA adds support to levy board decision to remove assurance scheme grant In response to the AHDB announcement this week that it is to discontinue its annual grant to Red Tractor Assurance, funded through levy payer funds, NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker comments: “While NSA is a strong supporter of the principle of farm assurance in order to demonstrate the sector’s credentials to the market place, and has also supported Red Tractor Assurance for many years, NSA is in agreement with this decision made by AHDB. Read More
13th December 2021 Add sustainably produced, British lamb to your Christmas shopping list says NSA As many consumers begin preparations for their festive dining the National Sheep Association (NSA) is recommending lamb as an additional meat to add to shopping baskets, highlighting its sustainable credentials as a positive reason to enjoy it this Christmas. Read More
8th December 2021 NSA passes on advice on how best to deal with a sheep worrying attack The National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging sheep farmers across the UK to update themselves with the latest guidance on how best to deal with a sheep worrying by dog attack on their flock. As the end of the year approaches, many sheep farmers will once again look back having experienced an increase in sheep worrying by dog attacks on their flocks during 2021. Read More