Register of Sheep Advisers celebrates first anniversary

1st June 2022

Today, Wednesday 1st June, marks the first anniversary of the Register of Sheep Advisers (RoSA). Having launched in 2021 the network, has, in its first year, offered opportunity to independent sheep consultants, nutritionists, vets, SQPs and more to access personal development and training so they can continue to support UK sheep farmers with the best and most appropriate advice to meet their business needs.

Through the RoSA website, sheep farmers also have a reliable source of advisers they can contact if they are seeking some on farm guidance.

RoSA was created through a collaboration between BASIS and the National Sheep Association (NSA). The past year has seen more than 60 advisers sign up to the network. RoSA has itself hosted a range of informative webinars open to these advisers and other interested parties featuring some of the UK’s top sheep industry experts, and provided a platform for the advertising of other’s events that advisers can gain continual professional points (CPD)points from.

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “RoSA has been a welcome new service for sheep advisers and sheep farmers alike. The network has made a great start in its first year and I’m convinced its establishment is needed and of its time. The partnership between NSA and BASIS is a very natural fit and I appreciate the engagement NSA has had from the new RoSA members.

To celebrate the first year anniversary of the network, RoSA, alongside NSA Next Generation, ran a competition offering free advice to three lucky young sheep farmers. Successfully winning this advice, Euan Sanderson from South Lanarkshire, Josh Starling from Essex and Luke Scott Paul from North Yorkshire will now each receive half a day of free advice from an experienced RoSA member to support them in the development of their businesses.

Liz Genever, RoSA Board member and independent sheep and beef adviser, comments: “Ongoing changes and pressure from rising input costs are encouraging farmers to evaluate their current systems. Sheep advisers have an important role to play in helping farmers to make decisions about appropriate changes to their businesses. RoSA in general, and also through the recent competition, has allowed sheep farmers to access the best advisers in the UK to help them push their businesses forward.”

RoSA membership allows advisers working within the UK sheep sector the opportunity to demonstrate that they have comprehensive knowledge across all aspects of sheep production and signifies a commitment to professional development through structured CPD.

Those interested in becoming a RoSA member can sign up on the RoSA website. Visit, or find out more by contacting The website also lists upcoming in person and online events that offer CPD opportunities to members.