NSA NI 2021 event cancelled

The National Sheep Association (NSA) Northern Ireland Region has postponed its major regional event this year.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 11:01 am

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

NSA Sheep Northern Ireland was due to be held on Tuesday 6th July 2021 at Tynan Estate, County Armagh by kind permission of Kate Kingan.

NSA Northern Ireland Development Officer and Event organiser Edward Adamson comments: “The local Northern Ireland NSA Committee has made the reluctant decision to cancel the 2021 event as we were not confident that normality would have returned by early July. A new date will be announced when we make a decision on it.”

The latest postponements follow the cancellation of all 2020 events. including the flagship NSA Sheep Event last July. Attention will now 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.

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker comments: “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 a 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.”