NSA cancels all major events for 2021

The National Sheep Association (NSA) says it has made the “difficult and disappointing” decision to postpone its major regional events this year.

Despite the promise of an ease of lockdown and ultimate removal of Covid-19 restrictions as 2021 progresses, NSA regional event organising committees has made a unanimous decision to postpone this year’s events.

Main events affected by the decision include NSA Welsh Sheep, due to be held on Tuesday 18th May, NSA North Sheep on Wednesday 2nd June, NSA Sheep South West on Tuesday 22nd June and NSA Sheep Northern Ireland on Tuesday 6th July. The organising committee of NSA Scot Sheep, an event that was also due to be held in 2021, made the decision to postpone earlier this year.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker says: “All at NSA are so disappointed to have to cancel our popular events. We recognise these events provide opportunity for the sheep farming community to come together for a valuable day of knowledge exchange, a chance to view new and innovative products and to enjoy an opportunity to catch up with friends. But the ongoing risk and uncertainty surrounding large events have unfortunately meant that the difficult, but what we consider responsible, decision to postpone them had to be made.”

The latest postponements follow the cancellation of all 2020 events, including the flagship NSA Sheep Event last July. Attention will turn to ensuring this and other events now planned for 2022 and 2023 are able to return safely and offer the usual popular mix of seminars, farm tours, competitions, demonstrations, trade stands and other elements enjoyed by sheep farmers across the UK.

Mr Stocker continues: “NSA’s series of events are run on a biennial calendar meaning these recently postponed regional events will now not return until 2023. However, we hope NSA members and other interested visitors will consider travelling to events that will run in 2022 and join the smaller activities that will now be planned in the regions, such as farm walks and field days.

“The service NSA provides to members through events is of utmost importance, so we are actively looking at other ways to deliver important updates on policy and practical information. NSA has found an online offering of these to be most effective while Covid-19 has prevented face to face gatherings, and it is now planned to continue to offer a blend of these and in-person events to the benefit of our valued members.”

Several dates have now been set for future NSA main events. These include:

  • NSA Scot Sheep, Wednesday 1st June 2022, Dundee.
  • NSA Sheep Event, Wednesday 27th July 2022, Worcestershire.
  • NSA Welsh Sheep, Tuesday 26th May 2023, Powys.
  • NSA North Sheep, Wednesday 7th June 2023, Northumberland.
  • NSA Sheep South West, Tuesday 20th June 2023, Dorset.
  • NSA Sheep Northern Ireland, date tbc in July 2023, County Armagh.

NSA thanks all regional event hosts for kindly agreeing to provide their time and farm locations for the new dates of the future events.

The event postponements do not include NSA annual ram sales, all five of which will be held later in the year. These are the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales (August and September), NSA South West Ram Sale (August) and NSA Eastern Region Ram Sales (August and September).

Further details are available on NSA events, both online and in-person, and NSA rams sales at www.nationalsheep.org.uk/events.

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