Fresh approaches to sheep farming showcased

Innovative ideas, fresh approaches and ambitious business models will all be debated to showcase the sheep sector at a special one-day event

A farmer with his flock of sheep
A farmer with his flock of sheep

In a special one-day event being organised by the National Sheep Association (NSA) and the Royal Agricultural Society for England, innovative ideas, fresh approaches and ambitious business models will all be debated to showcase the sheep sector as an exciting and appealing career path.

The event will also see NSA reveal future plans for NSA Next Generation, the organisation’s project dedicated to young people in the sector, signposting them to opportunities and information and providing guidance and personal/business development.

NSA will unveil a new website dedicated to the project and open the application process for the NSA Next Generation 2014 Ambassadors.

The event is being held at Manor Farm, Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire, next Tuesday, October 8, from 10am-3pm. Host Tim White, who will take visitors on a farm tour as part of the day’s activities, underlines the event’s theme of getting on the farming ladder, as he has built up a thriving business with no family farm behind him and now runs a flock of Exlana sheep on rented ground over a 100-mile radius.

Tim said: “I’m very proud to be hosting this event, as I think it’s really important to not only get new people into the sheep sector but also to inspire and encourage the next generation and look at successful business models, new innovations and novel ideas.”

Joining Tim is Marie Prebble, 25, NSA south east committee member and NSA Young Shepherd of the Year competitor. She will be sharing her experiences of running a sheep enterprise on a tenanted farm near Canterbury, Kent.

Lunch will be provided at the event, which is free to attend, although attendees are asked to register in advance at www.rase.org.uk/events

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