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Sheep Shearers on their way to UK

Sheep Shearers on their way to UK

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) is delighted to announce that that shearers will be allowed to enter the UK this year, in a time-limited window, to provide a vital source of highly skilled and experienced staff for shearing contractors removing the wool of millions of sheep this summer. A special Home Office concession […]

Rams deserve better attention

Rams deserve better attention

The working lives of rams in commercial flocks could be improved if farmers gave them the attention they deserve in terms of health and nutritional needs. This is the conclusion of a new report looking at the longevity and welfare of rams, launched at the Sheep Breeders’ Round Table event in Nottingham this weekend (Sunday […]

Consultation launched for future of Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ)

Consultation launched for future of Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ)

Representatives from the sheep industry are being invited to share their views on whether the most frequently used price measure for prime lambs should be amended. Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ) weight bands is an average price for all lambs marketed within predefined weight bands and has been used consistently over many years. Also used as […]

Sheep and Goat keepers – have you submitted your annual inventory?

Sheep and Goat keepers – have you submitted your annual inventory?

Sheep and goat keepers in Wales are being reminded to submit their annual inventory form by February 1, to avoid potential penalties. The form can be submitted by either logging onto the EID Cymru website (www.eidcymru.org) , or by returning the paper form in the pre-paid envelope. Once the form has been submitted keepers will […]

NSA takes hill and upland report to the heart of Westminster

NSA takes hill and upland report to the heart of Westminster

A hugely successful four-day National Sheep Association (NSA) exhibition in the Houses of Parliament culminated yesterday afternoon (Thursday 15th December) with a reception hosted by Food and Farming Minister George Eustice and featuring sheep farmers from Devon and Cumbria. NSA welcomed the exhibition and reception as an opportunity to highlight its report on the Complementary […]

NSA highlights threat potential Australian trade deal would pose to UK sheep sector

NSA highlights threat potential Australian trade deal would pose to UK sheep sector

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is encouraged to see activity already taking place to negotiate trade agreements for when the UK leaves the European Union – but is seriously alarmed that Australia, a global sheep meat exporter, is proposing a free trade deal. Australia currently has a quota to export just under 20,000 tonnes of […]

Records set in Rio – and in Ruthin!

Records set in Rio – and in Ruthin!

Our Team GB Olympians have won medals in Rio, and it’s equally exciting to learn that GB’s sheep shearers are outstanding in their fields and setting equally high standards at competition level. Two new British records were achieved last week by two Welsh sheep shearers who set the Nine Hour Two Stand British Lamb Shearing […]

Cornwall shearer attempts first world record in UK

Cornwall shearer attempts first world record in UK

This summer sees Champion sheep shearer Matt Smith attempt to break the current world record, the Nine Hour Full Wool Ewe World Shearing Record. It’s the first time an attempt of this kind has ever been made in the UK, or indeed anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. The current World record stands at 721 ewes […]

Witness appeal after sheep shot in Ryedale

Witness appeal after sheep shot in Ryedale

Police are appealing for witnesses after offenders caused damage to land and shot a sheep with a high-power rifle in Ryedale. Between 10pm on Monday 16 May and 5am on Tuesday 17 May, offenders entered land off Malton Road at Marton, near Sinnington. They caused extensive damage to hedges, crops and a gate before shooting […]

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