THE National Sheep Association was disappointed to cancel its sheep events this summer, but is now proceeding with plans for its line-up of spring and summer events for 2021.

The NSA 2021 diary is already looking full with the main regional events – NSA Welsh Sheep, NSA Scotsheep, NSA North Sheep, NSA Sheep South West and NSA Sheep Northern Ireland – all set to take place between May and July, offering visitors a much-needed day out meeting with fellow sheep farmers and industry experts.

Among the events planned is a return to the North-East for the NSA North event on Wednesday, June 2, with Bradford House Farm, in Ponteland to be the host.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “Of course, we were left with no choice but to cancel our 2020 events. Now, despite some uncertainty about the situation we will find ourselves in next year, we must proceed with optimism that our line-up of events will be able to take place once again next year.

“As an organisation that acts as the voice of the UK’s sheep sector, a sector likely to be considerably affected in 2021 by our imminent departure from Europe, there will never be a more important time for us to be able to meet with members and colleagues face-to-face to discuss the changes upon us and the steps needed for our industry to move forward into a new era for the country’s farmers.

“We sincerely hope that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will have subsided sufficiently to allow this to happen.”

The events planned are: NSA Scotsheep, Thursday, May 27, Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, Dundee; and NSA North Sheep, Wednesday, June 2, Bradford House Farm.