Farmers Guradian
Topics
How to spot BSE and what farmers can do to prevent it

How to spot BSE and what farmers can do to prevent it

DataHub

DataHub

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Auction Finder

Auction Finder

CropTec

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

LAMMA 2019

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

New look for Central Region event

NSA Central Region event has been re-formatted, with a packed seminar, demonstration and workshop programme. 


Laura   Bowyer

TwitterFacebook
Laura   Bowyer
TwitterFacebook

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.

Details:

  • When – Thursday, January 26 - 10am-4.30pm
  • Where - The Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell DE45 1AH
  • Entry – free for members and £5 for non-members

Health check

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.”

Seminars - large conference room

11am -12 noon - The Next Generation: Securing the future health of the sheep sector

 

Chaired by

  • Samuel Wharry, NSA chairman and County Antrim sheep farmer in a share farming agreement
  • Ellen Helliwell, originally from Derbyshire and now working in Cumbria, on developing a career as an employed shepherd
  • Fred Love from Nottinghamshire on starting a sheep enterprise from scratch
  • Robert Spink, from the Suffolk/Norfolk border, on farming with little owned land

 

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

 

Chaired by

  • Jude Peeling, Bagshaws Farm Office Services manager
  • Ian Cairns of the Farming Advice Service on common cross compliance issues and how to avoid them
  • Hilary O’Kiefe of Shearwell Data on how to make the most of EID to drive your flock

 

2pm - 3pm - Brexit health check: Helping farming ensure they can survive life outside the EU

 

Chaired by

  • Alastair Sneddon, Bagshaws senior partner and NSA Central Region chairman
  • Martin Redfearn, The Policy Group, on health-checking your individual businesses to prepare for an unknown future
  • David Swales, head of Strategic Insight at AHDB, on what future trade deals might look like
  • Phil Stocker, NSA chief executive, on a vision for future farm support and on-farm regulation

 

3pm – 4pm - Health essentials: Ensuring the health of everyone on the farm

 

Chaired by

  • David Howlett, NSA Central Region committee member
  • Nurse Karen Allen, Derbyshire Community Health Services, on common health problems for farmers
  • Physiotherapist Fiona Horton, Derbyshire Community Health Services, on common physical problems experienced by farmers
  • Dr Phoebe Sneddon, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on how to deal with a major on-farm accident or medical emergency

Demonstrations - main ring

10.30am-11.30am & 12.30pm-1.30pm

  • Keeping your sheepdog healthy
  • Practical tips on getting the most of your farm dogs

Speakers: Katy Cropper

 

 

11.30am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm

  • Encouraging healthy demand for lamb
  • Interactive butchery demonstration will show the latest work on innovative cuts, designed to attract new consumers to lamb and maintain sales

Speakers: Martin Eccles, AHDB Beef & Lamb

Interactive workshops - small conference room

11am-12 noon & 2pm-3pm

  • Healthy use of wormers, flukicides and antibiotics

Speakers: Lesley Stubbings, independent sheep consultant, Chris Lewis, independent sheep vet

 

 

12 noon - 1pm & 3pm-4pm

  • Planning for a healthy flock

Speakers: Sean Riches, MSD Animal Health senior product manager

 

 

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS