NSA Weekly Update 18th Oct
SADNESS AS DAVID HEATH IS SACKED: It’s certainly not ‘hot off the press’ news but David Heath’s sacking in the reshuffle is undoubtedly worthy of a mention on 2 fronts. Firstly it leaves us without a Minister for Agriculture, this post being replaced by an under secretary rather than a Minister of State, and secondly it has to be said that we have lost someone who, although only in post for a relatively short time, was undoubtedly interested in and committed to UK agriculture. Although his impacts were mainly focused in England he still worked to represent the UK at an EU level in several areas. It was David Heath who was keen to visit the North of England by invitation of NSA when first in office to more fully understand issues surrounding upland sheep farming, and David, too, who communicated with and provided at least some support for sheep farmers during the Spring snows and heavy stock losses earlier this year. He leaves at a difficult time having been centrally involved in many of the CAP reform discussions and we have lost another good friend to the sheep industry.
TIME TO THINK AND CELEBRATE: The British Food Fortnight is an annual celebration of the incredible food that Britain produces. It was founded 12 years ago following the Foot and Mouth crisis as one of a range of initiatives to encourage the public to support British farmers and food producers. On Wednesday this week the initiative held a Harvest Festival at Westminster Abbey that brought together many people from all walks of life to take part in a star studded and very moving celebration of our annual harvest. With participation from Millie Wastie (Chairperson of the NFYFC), Owen Paterson (Secretary of State for DEFRA), and even Martin Clunes who left his stethoscope in Cornwall to come and take part, this was a very worthwhile event that plays an important part in keeping the profile of British food as high as possible. Take a look at www.lovebritishfood.co.uk for more information on the organisation behind this initiative.
FREE SHEEP LIVE TO DEAD EVENT –SPACES STILL AVAILABLE - Organised by MLC Services Ltd and Eblex on Wednesday 23rd October 2013, 8.00am – 12.30pm at ADM Charing, The Abattoir, Ashford Road, Charing, Ashford, Kent, TN27 0JL you will have the chance to handle live animals and make your assessment of fat cover and conformation using EUROP grid. You will then see the same animals on the hook in the chillers and the actual classification so you can compare the assessments made whilst the animals were alive. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss various market requirements, factors affecting killing out percentages and dressing specifications.
Other topics include:
Current consumer demands
Characteristics of breeds
Abattoir/Livestock Market requirements
Hygiene requirements – farm and abattoir
Discussion with the trainers and other participants will give you a greater insight into these areas. On the day you will need clean wellingtons and something warm for the chillers. Lunch is included. Booking is essential as places are limited. Please ring Angie on 01904 771214 or email email@example.com
GLOBAL FOCUS FOR ANNUAL EBLEX CONFERENCE: Morrison supermarket’s Agricultural Manager Andrew Loftus is one of the speakers at this year’s EBLEX Annual Conference, as well as Nuffield Scholar Ed Green and meat processor Rizvan Khalid from Euro Quality Lambs. The one-day, free-of-charge event on Tuesday 5th Nov at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh, CV8 2LZ, takes the title of ‘Beef and sheep production at home and global marketing of red meat’ this year and has a clear focus on the export market. To book a place call 08706 086610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELSH YESS SCHEME APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON 22ND NOVEMBER: The new application window for the Welsh Government’s Young Entrants Support Scheme (YESS) opened on 30th September and will close on 22 November 2013. In order to be eligible for YESS, applicants must be under 40 years of age and not have been head of holding for more than 12 months at the time of submitting an Expression of Interest form.
For further information visit the Welsh Government website, call 0300 062 2175/2178/2560 or email email@example.com.
EXPERIENCED SHEPHERD REQUIRED as part of a three man team managing 5,500 Mule Ewe Flock in Rutland. The successful applicant is likely to be 25-35 yrs, enthusiastic and keen to add their skills to our progressive flock. Cottage available.
Contact: T.P. Gilman, Manor Farm, Tixover, Stamford. PE9 3QL firstname.lastname@example.org 07989 683222
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A MANAGEMENT POSITION IN LIVESTOCK, EDUCATION AND PEOPLE ? Our educational Children’s Farm and Café, in Mill Hill, London NW7 set in 200 acres is looking for a dynamic, creative and forward thinking individual to help develop our concept. The farm annually attracts 50,000 visitors and our manager would be responsible for their welfare, the animal welfare, farm maintenance and day to day management of the farm. The farm has recently obtained planning permission to expand and your role will involve assisting with this development. You must have stock experience including sheep and poultry, the ability to drive a tractor and maintain computerised farm records. The role requires weekend work and longer hours in the summer but shorter hours according to the light in the winter. Excellent salary and accommodation is available though not family accommodation. Strong references are required for this role with a big future. Please send CV and salary expectation to email@example.com
NSA DIARY OF EVENTS
FRIDAY 1ST - SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER: SHEEP BREEDERS ROUND TABLE: At Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, organised by Eblex, Signet Breeding Services, NSA, HCC and Biosciences KTN, will John McEwan of AgResearch New Zealand as keynote speaker and a theme for the three days of ‘transforming data into profit’. Details at www.nationalsheep.org.uk/SBRT.
WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER: NSA SOUTH EAST AGM AND OPEN ANIMAL HEALTH MEETING: 7pm at Plumpton College. The AGM will be followed by two animal health presentations – one on nutritional supplements (with Jonathan Guy) and the other on Schmallenberg vaccination. Please let Bob Blanden if you wish to attend – 01666 860308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER: NSA NORTHERN IRELAND REGION AGM to be held at Ross Park Hotel at 7.30 pm. Patrick Grant, from Parklands vet group, will speak on general sheep health with a focus on Fluke. RDP Consultation closes on 21st October N. I Region are finalising their response.
TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER: NSA CENTRAL REGION AGM: At the Bluebell at Tissington, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1NH.
FRIDAY 29TH and SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER: NSA SHEEP CONTRACTORS EVENT: A new event for sheep contractors near Cirencester. Please register your interest ASAP by calling NSA Head Office on 01684 892661 or email@example.com.
MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER: NSA MARCHES REGION COMMITTEE MEETING: 7.30pm at the Stables, Lower House Farm, Cannon Frome, Ledbury, HR8 2TG. All NSA Marches Region members are welcome, not just committee members.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014
NSA EASTERN REGION WINTER FAIR: Friday 31st January at Melton Mowbray Market. Details and sponsorship packages from Jonathan Barber on 01953 607860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSA SCOT SHEEP: Wednesday 4th June 2014, at the Berwickshire farm of Quixwood, Grantshouse, courtesy of the Macfarlane family. Details and sponsorship packages from Euan Emslie on 01430 441870 or email@example.com.
NSA SOUTH SHEEP: Saturday 28th June at Blackcap Farm, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, by kind permission of Tony Monnington and family. Details and sponsorship packages from Bob Blanden on 01666 860308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSA SHEEP EVENT: Wednesday 30th July 2014 at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire. Details and sponsorship packages from Helen Davies on 01938 590535, 07976 803066 or email@example.com