Can all members please take the time to complete.
Regular readers of the NSA Weekly Update will know we have been working hard to support an industry lambing survey, collecting good quality information about what is happening on the ground in the 2012/13 lambing season. The survey is particularly aimed at judging the impact of Schmallenberg disease and helping us understand more about it. You can access it at HERE
We urge all members to complete the survey when they finish lambing. This may mean doing the survey more than once if you lamb your flock in two or more batches at different times through the season. It should not take more than 10 minutes to complete and we are on-hand if you have any queries or concerns.
Please spread the word and get friends and neighbours to fill in the survey too – the more data collected the better. If you speak to any NSA members who do not have internet access, please let them know they can phone the NSA office and complete the survey that way instead.
NSA led the charge to provide the industry with a way to collect this information and the survey is a joint initiative with us, AHVLA, Eblex, HCC, NBA, NFU and QMS. The survey will be open until the end of May and the intention is to issue monthly reports on any trends that emerge.
The Schmallenberg situation and the lack of reliable information is incredibly frustrating so we see this survey as a way to address concerns about that and other challenges facing the industry, many as a result of the poor weather. You can find more about the survey on our website: http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/news-detail.php?NewsID=123.