NSA Members' Weekly Email Update
1st November 2013
SIX NSA YOUNG PEOPLE ATTEND SHEEP BREEDERS ROUND TABLE THIS WEEKEND: Thanks to sponsorship from NSA Regions, six under 27s are attending the Sheep Breeders Round Table at Nottingham, which started at lunchtime today and goes through to
Sunday lunchtime. The line-up includes superb speakers from around the globe and an excellent array of topics. NSA will also take the opportunity to encourage young people to apply for the NSA Next Generation Ambassador Programme, which is a unique opportunity for up to 12 young people with a real enthusiasm for the sheep sector, offering technical and personal development, covering elements such as market selection, food chain development, sheep husbandry, brand development and adding value, optimising genetics, time management, business planning, presentation skills, conflict resolution and promotion of the sheep sector. Things kick off in 2014 and applications for this first year’s programme close at the end of November. Find out more on the NSA Next Generation website.
LIVELY DEBATE AT WELSH COMMONS FORUM: This Forum met on Monday (28th October) at the Royal Welsh Showground where, as usual, lively debates took place on a number of subjects relating to common land in Wales. Issues discussed included: planning restrictions enforced by National Parks Authorities; bracken infestation and stocking levels; and a WG working document asking questions on open access and outdoor recreation. It was agreed that a Welsh Commons conference would be planned for 2014.
DEFRA ASK FOR VIEWS ON CAP IMPLEMENTATION IN WALES: Hopefully there is no link but Halloween (31st October) coincided with Defra launching its consultation on CAP reform in England. For such an important subject there is a relatively short consultation period of four weeks, with a 28th November closing date. The timing is important because all EU Members States have to inform the Commission on decisions around inter-pillar financial transfers (i.e. modulation) by 31st December 2013. NSA will be responding to the consultation in detail, and anyone wishing to respond individually can do so at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/communications/cap-consultation. To feed into the NSA response, please speak to your Regional Chairman/Committee, call NSA Head Office on 01684 892661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, look out for a CAP update for all UK nations in the November/December edition of Sheep Farmer, which will be arriving with members soon.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SHEEP RUSTLERS: NSA is receiving increasing reports of sheep thefts and disappearances. Over the last week there have been media reports of stolen sheep being found tied up in the back of a transit van in Birmingham and, separately, 38 Texels sheep stolen in Herefordshire/Worcestershire. Other reports include sheep slaughtered in a field with the most valuable parts of a rough butchery job taken away and the remainder thrown in the river, and 50 sheep disappearing on common land near Swansea. Sheep farmers are going to have to be ever more vigilant, locking gates where possible, encouraging neighbours to help keep an eye out, and maybe even thinking about some of the smart CCTV technology that is available for more remote situations. NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker was interviewed on BBC radio during the week and said: “Sheep farmers are being subjected to increasing levels of theft with valuable stock being regularly lost. This brings financial loss to stock owners, immeasurable stress for sheep, and often bypasses public health controls. Both farmers and authorities need to increase surveillance and checks to stamp down on this most unwelcome trend.”
NEW CAMPAIGN FOR WOOL CHAIRMAN: John Thorley has informed us that, from today (1st November), he is handing the Chair of the Campaign for Wool to Nicholas Coleridge, who has already worked alongside John as Vice Chairman. Nicholas will be very ably supported by Peter Ackroyd and Ian Hartley, as well of course as the other members of the Council. The plan had been for Eric Wilson to maintain his position as Company Secretary, a role he filled so well, but sadly Eric recently passed away. John says: “The Campaign for Wool has got off to a good start and is set fair to develop and maintain a strong influence in the global world of wool.”
CONSULTATION OPENED ON HALAL ASSURANCE SCHEME: The first Eblex-organised Halal Forum was held last week, where a halal sheepmeat assurance scheme was discussed by the 60+ delegates and found overwhelming support. The forum marked the start of a three-month consultation on a proposed scheme, which could feature clear on-pack labelling to aid consumer choice. You can take part in the consultation at www.eblextrade.co.uk/halal. Following a vote at the forum showing 95% support for a scheme, Eblex Sector Director Nick Allen said: “While the polling we did at the event will not form part of the consultation, it gave a very clear message that the halal sector wants an assurance scheme, is keen to get behind one that is workable and wants to help consumers make informed choices. Not only will it help demonstrate high standards in processing for halal sheep meat, but it is also about giving consumers choice about what they are buying and a level of transparency that it has been suggested is currently missing. The draft proposals we have put together has different schemes for both stunned and non-stunned Halal, which would be clearly labelled on the product. This is what consumers are asking for and this is what we are responding to.” The Halah Forum is dedicated to airing issues affecting the halal market and identifying where work should be focused to bring most benefit to the supply chain. In addition to the assurance scheme, delegates also discussed consumer behaviour and new legislation.
INFORMATION ABOUT RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN SHEEP: A webinar about respiratory disease sheep, prevention and cure, is now available on the Nadis website.
MOREDUN ROADSHOW KICKS OFF A WEEK ON MONDAY: We encourage members to attend a meeting within the Moredun roadshow over the coming weeks. The events start in South East England a week on Monday (11th November) and move northwards, taking in Wales, northern England and Scotland before the end of the month. Dates are:-
Date Location Topic
Monday 11th November Ashford Livestock Market, Kent Worm and Liver Fluke Control
Tuesday 12th November Banbury Cricket Club, Oxfordshire Worm and Liver Fluke Control
Tuesday 12th November Coleg Cambria, Llysfasi, Ruthin, Denbighshire Liver Fluke Control in Sheep and Cattle
Wednesday 13th November Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset Worm and Liver Fluke Control
Wednesday 13th November Brecon Castle Hotel, Powys Liver Fluke Control in Sheep and Cattle
Thursday 14th November Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire Worm and Liver Fluke Control
Monday 18th November Hydro Hotel, Peebles, Scottish Borders Sheep Health Evening
Monday 18th November Lochside Hotel, New Cumnock, Ayrshire Calf Health Evening
Tuesday 19th November Huntingtower Hotel, Perth, Perthshire Cryptosporidiosis and Johne’s Disease
Wednesday 20th November Castle Hotel, Huntly, Aberdeenshire Cryptosporidiosis and Johne’s Disease
Thursday 21st November Tynedale Farmer Function Suite, Hexham, Northumberland Worm and Liver Fluke Control
NSA DIARY OF EVENTS
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 Schmallenberg vaccination and the other on Stamp Out Scab. Please let Bob Blanden if you wish to attend – 01666 860308 or email@example.com.
TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER: NSA NORTHERN IRELAND REGION AGM: 7.30pm at Ross Park Hotel. The AGM will be followed by a presentation by Patrick Grant of Parklands Vet Group, who will speak on general sheep health with a focus on fluke.
MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER: NSA SOUTH WEST REGION OPEN MEETING: 7.30pm at The Coaching Inn, South Molton, EX36 3BJ, with vet Barry McInerey of Norbrook Animal Health speaking on ‘Rumen fluke – old parasite, new disease’, and Mike Credland, NSA English Committee Chairman. Open to NSA members and non-members so please spread the word.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY: NSA SOUTH WEST REGION AGM: 7.30pm at Exeter Livestock Centre.
NSA SHEEP EVENTS & RAM SALES IN 2014
NSA EASTERN REGION WINTER FAIR: Friday 31st January at Melton Mowbray Market. Details and sponsorship packages from Jonathan Barber on 01953 607860 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSA WALES & BORDER EARLY RAM SALE: Monday 4th August at the Royal Welsh Showground. Contact Jane Smith on 01291 673939 or email@example.com.
NSA SOUTH WEST REGION RAM SALE: Wednesday 20th August at Exeter Livestock Centre. Contact Sue Martyn on 01409 271385, 07969 512660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSA EASTERN REGION RAM SALE: Friday 22nd August at Rugby Farmers Market. Contact Jonathan Barber on 01953 607860 or email@example.com.
NSA EASTERN REGION RAM SALE: Friday 19th September at Melton Mowbray Market. Contact Jonathan Barber on 01953 607860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSA WALES & BORDER MAIN RAM SALE: Monday 22nd September at the Royal Welsh Showground. Contact Jane Smith on 01291 673939 or email@example.com.