HRH The Princess Royal and the Minister of State for Sustainable
Farming and Food Lord Rooker will be among the guests at NSA Sheep
2006, the industry’s biennial event to be staged by the National
Sheep Association at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern on
Wednesday 2 August.
NSA Sheep 2006, which will be officially opened by NSA president,
Lord Plumb, is expecting a crowd of more than 12,000 including
delegations from Canada, Denmark, Holland, Sweden and the USA.
The Agri-Lloyd sponsored event with EBLEX and Shearwell Data as
mainline sponsors will be split into five working areas focusing
on a comprehensive range of industry issues: production, marketing,
consumption, environmental and conservation issues and traditions.
More than 260 educational and commercial trade stands have booked,
including live exhibits from 55 sheep breed associations and societies.
A key feature to the event will be the Farmers Weekly sponsored
seminars featuring presentations throughout the day made by a line
up of keynote industry wide speakers together with a lunchtime
Question Time, followed by a Marketing Forum. A discussion session
entitled Your Sheep Farming Future will encourage farmers to forward
their pressing issues towards an awareness campaign be launched
after the event with Lord Rooker.
Outdoor activities will include students, YFC members and other
youngsters competing for the inaugural NSA Young Shepherd of the
Year award, professional fencing contractors participating in the
Tornado Wire Fencer of the Year award; finalists for both the English
Shearer of the Year and the Open Shearing awards, and a sale of
working sheep dogs.
NSA Sheep 2006 chairman, David Smith says: “We are offering
a format which will offer not only sheep farmers, but the entire
industry the opportunity to learn about the latest developments
to help them to plan their own business strategies in preparation
for the full impact of the new regime come 2012. The event will
provide our exhibitors with a shop window for the overseas delegations,
and for visitors from all stages of the production chain, the chance
to catch up, share ideas and ultimately take home information to
help improve their unit’s efficiency and profitability.”
Pedigree sheep breeder, John Sinnett
is to open the gate to the industry at Stockton Court, Stockton-on-Teme,
Worcester on Tuesday 1 August, the eve of NSA Sheep 2006.
will be able to view the noted Stockton Suffolk and Texel flocks
which have been developed during the last 30 years by John and
his brother, David on their 350 acre unit, to supply rams and breeding
females suited for both the pedigree and commercial sectors. There
will also be an opportunity to discuss with John his vision for
the sheep sector and why he believes it is on the brink of radical
change if it’s not only to survive but once again
become a vibrant industry offering a cost efficient supply of quality
Admission to Stockton Court is by ticket only and via coach from
the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. To book a place, please
contact NSA Sheep 2006 organiser, Julie Sedgewick by Monday 24
July on 01388 664496 / firstname.lastname@example.org or down load
a booking form from www.sheepevent.co.uk
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