NSA Central Region event has been re-formatted, with a packed seminar, demonstration and workshop programme.
Back with a new format, the biennial NSA Central Region Early Gathering is set for Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire, on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
With many uncertainties in the sheep sector, particularly post-Brexit, this event has a health theme and aims to address not only that of the overall sheep sector, but also sheep, the shepherd, the sheep dog, on-farm records and financial accounts.
Emphasis has been put on delivering an interesting and exciting line-up of speakers for a packed seminar, interactive workshop and demonstration programme. The event will take place largely undercover within the market concourse, with visitors benefiting from experts sharing their knowledge on different elements of health.
Alastair Sneddon, NSA Central Region chairman, says: “The industry has seldom faced more uncertain times than at present and this year’s event has the aim of helping farmers and their businesses withstand whatever the future might hold. The programme will help you make the right decisions at the appropriate times.”
The seminar programme commences with the health of the future of the sheep sector, with members of the NSA next generation group discussing their experiences as young people working in the industry. There will also be a session focusing on keeping records healthy, with representatives from the Farm Advice Service and Shearwell Data.
The afternoon ‘Brexit health check’ aims to ensure farmers can secure the longevity of their business. A wealth of knowledge will address this area, from Martin Redfearn, The Policy Group; David Swale, head of strategic insight at AHDB; and NSA chief executive Phil Stocker.
To round-off the day’s seminars, three medical professionals will turn their attention to the personal health of farmers and farm workers. A nurse and physiotherapist are set to take part in the discussion, along with a doctor talking about how to deal with an accident or emergency on-farm.
Demonstrations will focus on sheepdogs, with renowned expert Katy Cropper. There will also be a butchery demonstration showing the latest innovation in lamb cuts and joints.
Extending the event’s interactivity, workshops will involve independent sheep consultant Lesley Stubbings and vet Chris Lewis on the healthy use of wormers, flukicides and antibiotics. There will also be a workshop session on flock health planning.
Mr Stocker says: “Every visitor will be able to take away thoughts and ideas to secure the health of their own businesses. The programme has been designed so people can dip in and out of seminars and workshops that appeal to them, as well as spend time getting expert advice from the various trade stand holders.”
11am -12 noon - The Next Generation: Securing the future health of the sheep sector
12 noon - 1pm - Keeping your records healthy: Doing what you have to do to stay legal, and using hardware and software to aid flock management
2pm - 3pm - Brexit health check: Helping farming ensure they can survive life outside the EU
3pm – 4pm - Health essentials: Ensuring the health of everyone on the farm
10.30am-11.30am & 12.30pm-1.30pm
Speakers: Katy Cropper
11.30am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm
Speakers: Martin Eccles, AHDB Beef & Lamb
11am-12 noon & 2pm-3pm
Speakers: Lesley Stubbings, independent sheep consultant, Chris Lewis, independent sheep vet
12 noon - 1pm & 3pm-4pm
Speakers: Sean Riches, MSD Animal Health senior product manager