NSA hold their AGM and sheep conference

John Blaney, chairman, and vice chairman Campbell Tweed with guest speakers Aureli� Aubry, AFBI and Liz Genever from EBLEX
John Blaney, chairman, and vice chairman Campbell Tweed with guest speakers Aureli� Aubry, AFBI and Liz Genever from EBLEX

The Northern Ireland region AGM of the NSA took place recently with chairman John Blaney giving a resumé of the year’s work.

There seems to be an ever increasing amount of invitations to attend meetings and consultations organised by government bodies but this means NSA is recognised as an industry stakeholder whose views should be considered.

This year they attended the Balmoral Show with a marquee for the second year on their new site.

This was an improvement on the previous year and we learn by experience and hope for a better experience for those visiting the NSA Sheep Centre next year.

The highlight of the year was a visit to sheep farms in Wales.

Those attending spent several enjoyable days visiting not only sheep farmers but also Dunbia at Llanybydder, Plant Breeding Station at Aberystwyth and Innovis Sheep Breeding Farms.

Secretary Edward Adamson talked through the treasurer’s report which showed a small deficit on the year.

This was considered satisfactory as the reserves were good and it translated that the region were using the money to the benefit of the Northern Ireland’s sheep industry.

At the AGM election all office bearers were re-elected. Samuel Wharry was also proposed to represent Northern Ireland on the NSA board of directors for another term. Crosby Cleland was also re-elected as Northern Ireland representative on the finance and general purpose committee.

Three new members were elected on to the committee, all having come through the Young Shepherd Competitions and willing to stay involved with the NSA.

NSA communications manager Joanne Briggs explained how the NSA were investing in young people interested in sheep and the two Northern Ireland representatives on the Next Generation Ambassador Programme gave an overview of the programme and how they had benefited from their participation. The Young Ambassador Programme for 2015 is now open and Joanne invited anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 to get an application form or contact Edward on 07711071290.