Here you will find the latest updates on NSA activity, and responses to industry news or Government announcements.
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13th November 2023 NSA encourages sheep farmers to remain vigilant following confirmation of England bluetongue case The National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging all sheep farmers to be vigilant to signs of disease, following confirmation of a bluetongue virus (BTV 3) outbreak. Defra identified a single case of BTV 3, a notifiable exotic disease and a strain not seen in northern Europe previously, in Kent this weekend (Saturday 11th November). Read More
10th November 2023 The mutual benefit of sheep and trees highlighted at NSA Wales / Cymru meeting The establishment of a balanced environment accommodating both commercial farming and trees was the topic of discussion for the Cymru/Wales Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA) this week. Bringing together speakers from contrasting companies and organisations to meet with an audience of Welsh sheep farmers the meeting, held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, created a lively and interesting debate that highlighted the enthusiasm from many to implement climate and wildlife friendly practices on farm. Read More
9th November 2023 Celebrate Lamb for St Andrews Day with NSA Scotland Scottish sheep farmers will be treated to an evening of delicious food and celebration as NSA Scotland holds its Lamb for St Andrews’ Day Dinner later this month. The dinner, that will take place on the evening of Thursday 30th November at Carfraemill Hotel, Lauder in the Scottish Borders, follows the success of the inaugural dinner held in 2022 that brought together sheep industry members to celebrate Lamb for St Andrews Day and all it stands for. Read More
9th November 2023 NSA demands a truly independent review of Red Tractor and the assurance needs of farming sectors As the Red Tractor Ownership Board prepares to meet to discuss the future of the assurance scheme, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is calling for those forming the review panel to be of truly independent background. NSA Chief Executive, Phil Stocker, comments: “NSA has been steadfast in its response to recent Red Tractor decisions, and is calling for a completely independent review, with an independent chair and panel, to assess not only the governance of Red Tractor but also what the sector needs from assurance schemes. Read More
1st November 2023 NSA gives robust evidence to Dartmoor enquiry The National Sheep Association (NSA) has given evidence to the Dartmoor Enquiry Panel, calling for a measured, sustainable approach to commons across the UK. Joining the Enquiry yesterday (Tuesday 31st October), NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker, said: “NSA is encouraged the evidence being gathered for the Dartmoor Enquiry is reflective of those directly impacted and involved in the area, with many of our own NSA Chairs and Committee members in NSA South West Region highlighting impacts and concerns to the committee. Read More
1st November 2023 NSA responds to Red Tractor U turn following its call for root and branch review Having last month called for a full review of Red Tractor and its governance, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is welcoming the news of the assurance scheme’s U turn regarding the launch of its Greener Farms’ Commitment (GFC). NSA had expressed its deep concern that plans for the detail of the GFC had failed to be discussed with those directly impacted and believed the Commitment was taking Red Tractor into the realm of setting environmental policy in isolation rather than getting behind the key environmental and sustainable farming schemes being introduced by Defra. Read More
26th October 2023 NSA Cymru/Wales Region Newsletter - Autumn 2023 Download a copy of the Autumn newsletter here. Read More
26th October 2023 Inaugural NSA conference puts healthy animals at the centre of sustainable sheep production Delegates at the inaugural National Sheep Association (NSA) Sheep Farmers’ Conference were enthused for the healthy future of the sector yesterday (Wednesday 25th October) as leading industry names and highly respected farmers came together at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, to discuss methods to measure, promote and improve flock health. Read More
18th October 2023 NSA calls for a root and branch review of Red Tractor The National Sheep Association (NSA) considers the latest actions of Red Tractor to have sideswiped the sheep farming sector once again following the announcement of its Greener Farms Commitment last week. NSA is deeply concerned none of the detail of the Commitment has been discussed with those directly impacted and following an extraordinary meeting of the NSA English Committee earlier this week is calling for a root and branch review of the assurance scheme and its governance. Read More
17th October 2023 Farmers to share honest experiences delving into the detail of flock health Three progressive sheep farmers will share their experiences undertaking investigative testing to determine flock health status next week as the National Sheep Association’s (NSA’s) inaugural Sheep Farmers’ Conference, welcomes farmer delegates from across the UK. Read More