Sheep producers invited to NSA meeting

Farmers Weekly - Annual Awards 2019: Rhys Edwards - prospective Sheep Farmer of the Year, who runs and manages the family farm known as Hendre Ifan Goch Farm, Blackmill, Nr. Bridgend in South Wales. Rhys is passionate about his flock of 600+ commercial ewes, using technology to measure growth and weight gain across the flock - fattening them on a rotational paddock system of freshly grown grass, which he measures with a reading plate. Rhys is pictured on the hill farm with his flock. Pic by: RICHARD STANTON. Tel: (01432) 358215 / Mob: (07774) 286733. Email: All rights © 01/07/19, (please see terms of repro use). Image is copyrighted - © 2019.

THE Northern Ireland Region of National Sheep Association inviting its members and any sheep farmer to the Annual Regional Members Meeting.

The venue is The Ross Park Hotel, Kells, Ballymena, on Thursday, February 6, with ARMM at 7.30pm and open meeting at 8pm.

Katie James from NSA headquarters will be giving a quick overview of current NSA work and involvement with the Government.

Since the UK voted to leave the UK, the NSA has been working tirelessly to represent sheep farmers and make sure they were not forgotten in any negotiations. There is less talk or urgency about Brexit at present but now more than ever we need to keep the pressure on to ensure a suitable outcome.

The new Agriculture Bill is now on the table and NSA will be keeping a close eye on the interpretations of the content.

CEO Phil Stocker said: “The aspir-ation to create a fairer supply chain is commendable but we would like to see commitments to protect our farmers from products of lower standards, particularly if we see a strong drive to increase environmental and welfare standards.”

The main speaker for the evening is a young farmer from Wales. Rhys Edwards, pictured, who manages the family farm with his parents in the south Wales valleys. Now 225 acres, Hendre Ifan Goch farm is in an SDA Region, ranging from approximately 600ft-1300ft above sea level and rainfall is over 2m annually.

The farm is currently running 600 ewes and 150 ewe lambs running dry. Of the 600 ewes, 400 are Texel mules/Aberfields that are used for the Ram Compare project, with the remaining 200, mainly Welsh mules, used for breeding ewe lamb replacements. Ewes are lambed indoors.


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