ALL CHANGE AT THE TOP Tuesday saw Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson removed from office in David Cameron’s reshuffle. His replacement is Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk since 2010. The new EFRA Secretary of State has a non-government background in economics and in her Parliamentary career has had interests in economics, education and childcare. Little there directly relating to the EFRA agenda, but on the positive side she has led a parliamentary group on Free Enterprise which suggests an interest in enterprise and in government freeing up industry to optimize performance. NSA would like to thank Owen Paterson for all his efforts and his enthusiasm on his visit to Cumbria with NSA in May. George Eustice retains his post as Minister, thankfully, as we are relying on him to open NSA Sheep Event 2014 in 10 days’ time!
NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “The sad side of this is the lack of continuity and ‘ownership’ of what should be such a key part of our governments’ interests. The merry go round continues and NSA, along with others, will start the process of engaging with the new Secretary of State, bringing her up to speed so that she understands the importance of the decisions she will preside over.”
SLIGHT RALLY IN LAMB PRICES Following last week’s report on the slide seen in lamb prices, this week has seen a slight rallying of prices, to the tune of around £4 - £6 a lamb. NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “There is nothing much to add to last week’s comments – except to reiterate the advice that when lambs are fit and at market specs they should be sold. Processors work hard to maximize carcass value and doing this with out of spec lambs is wasteful, cos
tly, and only helps to brings prices down overall.”
COME AND SEE US AT THE ROYAL WELSH!
We are looking forward to seeing lots of you at the Royal Welsh Show next week! The NSA Sheep Centre will be in full swing, with trade and breed society stands, competitions and plenty more to keep you busy. Don’t forget to pop into the NSA stand for a cup of tea or coffee. We are located at the entrance to the NSA Sheep Centre. There will be a reception for NSA members on the stand at 4.30 on Monday, with refreshments provided – come along! Visit the Royal Welsh Show website here
JUST TWO WEEKS LEFT TO QUALIFY FOR 3IN1 FEEDER DRAW:
There are just two weeks left to get your name in the hat for the fourth 3-in-1 feeder draw! Entries for this round of the giveaway close on 31st
July. Get a friend or neighbour to join NSA to qualify for the draw – and remember, the more new members you recommend, the more chances you have to win! If you’re not lucky this time, your entry will roll over to the two remaining draws. Print off a membership form here
and pass it on. Find out more about the NSA 3-in-1 Advantage Feeder giveaway here
WORK CONTINUES ON SCOTTISH CAP
NSA Scottish Region Development Manager George Milne says: “I am continuing to work on Scottish CAP. There are a number of points up for discussion, including voluntary coupled support.”
ONLINE DISCUSSION OF SHEEP INDUSTRY’S FUTURE
NSA teamed up with Twitter discussion co-ordinator Agrichat last night (Thursday 17th
) for a debate on the future of the sheep industry. Twitter users were invited to give their views on encouraging young entrants and the prospects for sheep farming. The discussion tied in with the NSA Sheep Event 2014 theme of ‘Securing the future of the sheep industry’, which will be reflected through the event’s packed seminar programme and a variety of events and activities on the day. The discussion is available to view here
. Find out what’s happening at NSA Sheep Event here
, or download a free event guide here
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SUZUKI GEARING UP FOR NSA SHEEP 2014
There are 20 young people around the UK looking forward to NSA Sheep 2014 with nervousness as well as excitement – they are the finalists in the Young Shepherd of the Year national final and will be put through their paces at the show for the chance to take this top title and a share in the £2,000 prize fund. Find out more about NSA Sheep 2014 at www.sheepevent.org.uk
. NSA is very grateful to Suzuki for providing the machines for the ATV challenge that the Young Shepherds will be completing. Suzuki are exhibiting at NSA Sheep 2014 on Wednesday 30th July and will also be at the Royal Welsh Show next week (Monday to Thursday) exhibiting their full range of utility ATVs and running a daily competition to win a Suzuki workwear kit and a show special of six months’ free fuel (terms and conditions apply) when you order a new KingQuad at the show.
THE WOOLLY BIKERS
The week commencing 6th
October is UK Wool Week. This will be a celebration and promotion of wool fashion and interior design, organized by the Campaign for Wool (CfW). The week kicks off with ‘The Wool Ride’, a bike ride around London. There are 500 spaces available on this organised bike ride and places need to be booked in advance. It would be great to have an NSA team taking part in the bike ride to show support for the good work that the CfW is doing. You can use your own bike and there will also be bikes available for use on the day. The only requirement is that wool is worn in one way or another! Anyone keen to be part of an NSA bike ride team should contact Caitlin Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Find out more about The Wool Ride here
. Visit the Campaign for Wool website here
, and watch that space for more on UK Wool Week.
EBLEX ADVICE ON BRASSICAS
Eblex has issued advice on growing and feeding brassicas. The levvy board advises farmers to grow crops such as kale, forage rape and grazing turnips on a free draining site away from water courses. The field should have enough shelter for livestock but sufficient airflow and a dry runback area. Eblex’s Poppy Fraser recommends a soil PH of 5.8 to 6.5, with fertiliser applied according to soil test results. Ms Fraser says: “Brassicas should always be fed with ad lib fibrous forage. Some farmers feed up to 70% brassicas in the diet with no issues, but overfeeding can reduce intake and performance, with health problems such as iodine deficiency (goitre) and anaemia”
. Strip grazing and the gradual introduction of brassicas to the diet are also recommended. Read the full advice here.
Read the Eblex Better Returns Programme publication Using Brassicas for Better Returns here
Charlotte Turner (22) is looking for a full or part-time position working with sheep and possibly cattle in West Yorkshire. Charlotte finished her Foundation Degree in Animal Health and Welfare last year. She has 3 years’ experience of seasonal sheep work, including indoor lambing. Charlotte holds a full UK driving licence and has some experience driving tractors and ATVs. She also hopes to get her trailer licence within the next year. Charlotte will require accommodation for any job more than an hour and a half’s travel from her hometown of Otley. Charlotte can provide excellent references and can be contacted at charlotte.louise.turner_92@Hotmail.co.uk
or on 07800589739.
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NSA DIARY OF EVENTS: Click on the event for more information
NSA Sheep Centre at the Royal Welsh Show on Monday 21st July – Thursday 24th Jly, Builth Wells
NSA Central Region Committee Meeting, Wednesday 23rd July. At The Travellers, Brough, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, at 7.30 for 7.45. For details contact Anne Payne on 01142883241/07803744437.
NSA Sheep Event on Wednesday 30th July, Worcestershire
NSA Wales & Border Early Ram Sale on Monday 4th August, Builth Wells
NSA AGM and Farm Walk on Thursday 14th August, Cumbria
NSA South West Region Ram Sale on Wednesday 20th August, Exeter
NSA Eastern Region Ram Sale on Friday 22nd August, Rugby
NSA Marches Region Committee Meeting on Monday 1st September, Herefordshire
NSA South East Region ‘Ram Fit for Purpose’ Showcase on Tuesday 16th September, East Sussex
NSA South East Region ‘Ram Fit for Purpose’ Showcase on Wednesday 17th September, Kent
NSA Eastern Region Ram Sale on Friday 19th September, Melton Mowbray
NSA Wales & Border Main Ram Sale on Monday 22nd September, Builth Wells
Sheep Health and Welfare Conference on Wednesday 26th November, Staffordshire.
NSA Marches Region Committee Meeting on Monday 8th December, Herefordshire