Winter fair hopes to get 2013 off to an optimistic start
LEADERS of the National Sheep Association (NSA) are hoping their winter fair will help raise the mood for farmers next Thursday.
They recognise how the problems of 2012 have hit the industry but the NSA's chief executive Phil Stocker said the event is one way of fighting back.
"Lamb prices are challenging and times feel tough at the moment – but the best way to respond is to look for ways to increase our resilience and success," he said.
"That can be both through maximising outputs and income, and through controlling inputs and costs.
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"This is why I urge people not to miss this year's Winter Fair.
"It has the potential to kick-start your 2013 farming year, providing plenty of inspiration and new, practical ideas to take home with you."
The fair is at Bakewell Mart in Derbyshire on Thursday, January 24. It includes a young shepherds competition, demonstrations and seminars.
Ian Turner, an NSA member for over 20 years and a past chairman of the Central region, is also encouraging members.
He said he welcomes the improved prices for wool in the past two years and hopes to hear even better news from Your Wool Board – Working For You seminar at the fair.
Other seminars include Liver Fluke: Detection, Control and Treatment and CAP Reform – What the Industry Needs.
Former NSA officer, Kath Birkinshaw, said she will be going: "In this day and age of higher costs and limited resources it is harder than ever to make a profit, so your decision-making has to be as up-to-date and informed as possible – and the winter fair is an essential event to attend".