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    New Officers for NSA Northern Region

John Geldard, from Low Foulshaw, Levens, Kendal was elected chairman of the NSA northern region at its annual meeting in Penrith.

John Geldard, chairman of
the NSA northern region.

John Geldard

He runs, in partnership with his wife and sons, a Cumbrian family farming business based on traditional added-value livestock enterprises, along with a farm shop at Plumgarths. He is a former chairman of the Charollais and Lleyn sheep societies. High Foulshaw Farm hosted NSA North Sheep in 1998. John was recently awarded the prestigious “Farmer of the Year” by Farmers Weekly.

Vice chairman is Geoff Lawn, Skipton, North Yorkshire who keeps 80 pedigree Suffolks, Swaledales crossed with the Bluefaced Leicester and Aberdeen Angus suckler cows. Geoff is a former chairman of the North of England Mule Sheep Association.

Treasurer Eddie Eastham, Naddle Farm, Bampton, Penrith, Cumbria was re-elected.

The T I Allinson Memorial Award presented by NSA Northern Region for lifetime achievement was awarded to John and Dot Bell, Frosterley, Weardale, for their work promoting the North of England Mule sheep. Geoff Lawn presented a Border Fine Art Figurine to Mr and Mrs Bell.

After the AGM, Peter Morris, NSA chief executive reported on the NSA’s lobbying to stop the introduction of EID in Britain by the EU on January 1 next year. Will Cockbain gave a report on the replacement scheme for the HFAs.

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