Here you will find the latest updates on NSA activity, and responses to industry news or Government announcements.
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13th September 2023 Buy British message welcomed by NSA as Government pledges further support for the nation’s agriculture The National Sheep Association (NSA) is encouraged by Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Therese Coffey’s announcement yesterday (Tuesday 12th September) providing further information on the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) and backing industry calls to promote buying British produce. Read More
12th September 2023 ‘Time waits for no man’ when it comes to successful farm diversification Attendees to a National Sheep Association (NSA) Northern Region event last week (Friday 8th September) had their eyes opened to the opportunities and potential pitfalls of ways to diversify sheep farming enterprises. With direct support to farm businesses declining across the UK, and more farmers considering diversification options to supplement their core farming income, the Northern Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA) teamed up with AHDB and various speakers to host the event at the J36 Rural Auction Centre in Cumbria. Read More
1st September 2023 Share your story of lamb production as a Love Lamb Ambassador The search is on for two enthusiastic UK sheep producers who can share their sheep farming stories with the public as the faces of an industry campaign to promote naturally delicious lamb and the sustainable farming methods used to produce it. The selected farmers will be tasked with leading the social media activity of ‘Love Lamb’ for the next year by showcasing their own systems and also by providing insight into sheep farming practices across the country. Read More
29th August 2023 NSA urges sheep farmers to do all they can to avoid buying in more than bargained for With the breeding sheep sales season in full swing, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is encouraging sheep farmers to do what they can to reduce risks of disease transmission when buying in replacement stock. NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “I have lost count of the number of farmers who I have spoken to that have unsuspectedly bought in diseases to their flocks when purchasing replacements. Read More
29th August 2023 British Heritage Sheep adds diversity and flavour to Love Lamb Week 2023 British Heritage Sheep is a scheme that celebrates the subtlety contrasting tastes and provenance of native sheep breeds found in the UK, and the wider benefits they bring to the countryside. And this Love Lamb Week, the initiative is encouraging UK consumers to enjoy the varied and delicious eating qualities of native breed sheep meat. Read More
22nd August 2023 NSA hopeful assent of Welsh Agriculture Act signifies progress The National Sheep Association (NSA) is hopeful the Royal Assent of the Welsh Agriculture Act announced last week will stimulate some progress with policy development for Wales. The main source of future government support for farmers in Wales is underpinned by the Act and is likely to be delivered through the proposed Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS), a scheme looking to enable food production alongside taking action to combat climate change. Read More
16th August 2023 NSA highlights importance of buying British food amid challenging weather and increased imports Looking ahead to this winter, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is encouraging the public and government to work even harder to support British produce. Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, says: “This summer is proving to be another challenging one in the farming world, with unusually high rainfall in July and August following a prolonged dry spell in June. Read More
15th August 2023 NSA frustrated at government unwillingness to build a level playing field The decision to delay import checks on produce coming to the UK from the EU means, seven years on from the Brexit vote, British producers are still operating at a disadvantage – says the National Sheep Association (NSA). Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, says: “British livestock producers whose businesses have relied on selling quality breeding stock into the EU have been at a standstill for the past three years – since the Brexit deal was finalised in 2020 – due to the absence of any Border Control Posts with live animal facilities on the EU side on the short straits. Read More
15th August 2023 Combined AGM and Next Generation event creates NSA showcase in Suffolk The National Sheep Association (NSA) and NSA Eastern Region joined forces to put on a sheep farming showcase for producers of all ages this weekend (Saturday 12th August). Thanks to the generous support of Godolphin Management Co, NSA Chairman Dan Phipps was able to throw open the gates of the Rutland Stud for visitors from around the UK to see the sheep flock he runs along worldclass racehorses at Newmarket, Suffolk, as well as host the NSA AGM and an NSA Eastern Region Next Generation event. Read More
14th August 2023 Contrasting sheep systems to benefit from NSA Next GENE-eration giveaway Nine young sheep farmers from across the UK are to benefit from the opportunity to access top-class genetics following a National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation programme initiative. Following a successful launch of the NSA Next GENE-eration giveaway in 2021, NSA was thrilled to offer keen young sheep enthusiasts the chance to compete for a prize of a ram voucher again this year. Read More