The full spectrum of political, marketing, technical and sheep health issues will be up for discussion and debate at a series of seminars and forums, sponsored by Farmers Weekly, at NSA Sheep 2008, the industry’s biennial event to be held at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern on Wednesday 30 July.
Organised by the National Sheep Association and co-organiser, the Three Counties Agricultural Society, each platform will be chaired by younger members of the industry.
Visitors will be able to field their questions on marketing at a lunchtime Forum featuring a panel of speakers selected from the supply chain; Carmarthenshire sheep farmer and facilitator, Huw Davies; the Livestock Auctioneers Association’s Chris Dodds; Paris based Remi Fourrier representing Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s Meat Services and Cumbria farmer, David Raine.
Bluetongue will take precedence in the new Hot Topic slot where Chris Oura, from the Institute of Animal Health, Pirbright along with NSA chief executive, Peter Morris will be providing an update on vaccination and future plans.
Technical topics will be led by Prof Laura Green, of University of Warwick who will discuss findings from her far reaching research work on foot rot management and her subsequent proposed novel approaches, while the Sheep Health Seminar will be presented by the Moredun Research Institute discussing three very real threats to sheep production, CLA, OPA, and anthelmintic resistance.
Finally, the event’s mainline sponsors will be offering information and advice. EBLEX economist, Mark Topliff will assess the sheep outlook for 2008/09; Novartis vet, Fiona Anderson will discuss worming in the modern era; Shearwell’s Richard Webber will update farmers on EID; and Simon Langley, of ANZCO Foods in association with Waitrose will be offering some ideas from New Zealand on how UK farmers can get to grips with their challenges.
NSA chief executive, Peter Morris comments: “The event is offering a comprehensive programme of seminars and discussion forums for all members of the sheep sector. Each has been carefully designed to provide opportunities for business reflection and more informed decision making. Furthermore, we have demonstrated our commitment to the younger members of the industry by purposely selecting those aged under 40 years to chair each seminar.”
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