The Scottish branch of the National Sheep Association (NSA) will hold the NSA Scotland Field Day on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

The event will take place on Fearn Farm on the Easter Ross Peninsula and visitors will view real-time demonstrations of the Scott family’s flock of commercial sheep.

Attendees will have the chance to join industry workshops that offer the chance to learn and discuss issues with fellow sheep producers.

The event is sponsored by Elanco and will address and demonstrate best practice concerning the issue of flock health and welfare from efficient stock handling and data collection to parasite management and disease prevention.

NSA Scotland chair, Peter Myles, said: “NSA Scotland is very much looking forward to welcoming new and old faces to the region’s first field day.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for sheep producers to gain up to date advice from incredibly knowledgeable and experienced sessions in what is a fantastic location with highly respected farm hosts.”

NSA Scotland field day

The NSA Scotland Field Day is open to both NSA members and non members and will be free to attend.

The following workshops will feature at the event:

  • ‘Butchery Demonstration’, led by Gordon Newlands, QMS brand development manager;
  • ‘Looking after your business’, led by Virgin Money, Stephen Buchan, Shearwell Data and John Scott, FarmStrong Scotland;
  • ‘Maximising Available Resources’, led by Ieuan Davis and Megan Pedley, Agrimin;
  • ‘Positive Health and Welfare Planning’, led by Lucy Rogers BVMS MRCVS, Foundry Vets;
  • ‘Best Practice on Farm’, led by Elanco and Techion UK Ltd;
  • ‘Genetics and Marketing’, led by Neil and Debbie McGowan, Incheoch Farm.

“The varied programme of the day, we hope, will appeal to a wide range of sheep producers,” Myles said.

“And of course, it will be a great opportunity to meet up with farming friends before the winter arrives.”

The day will conclude with a live cookery demonstration and lamb BBQ and a chance to network with fellow attendees, NSA Scotland said.