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Find Out What 2015 Could Bring at NSA Winter Fair

20 January 2015

UK – Sheep farmers in England's heartland are being told to flock to Bakewell market to find out what awaits the sector in 2015.

Sheep farming finished the year the strongest of the agricultural sectors, but the National Sheep Association (NSA) is keen to analyse what could be afoot this year at the NSA central region winter fair on Thursday 29 January.

Markets saw prices finish 2014 at the same level to the previous year after a challenging autumn lamb market.

Commenting on lamb prices, NSA chief executive, Phil Stocker, said dealing with volatility will be challenging and understanding where profitability and being resilient will be key.

He said: “But of course it’s not all about prices – ‘turnover is vanity; it’s profit that’s sanity’ – and 2014 brought some of the best grass growing conditions that we have seen for years.

“With it there was an associated improvement in ewe condition, health and of course fewer losses and reduced costs. This all demonstrates the volatile conditions that we are working in, both in terms of markets and climatic conditions.”

Success comes from knowledge and this is where the winter fair comes in, explained Alistair Sneddon, of Bagshaws Auctioneers, winter fair hosts.

“I am confident that a day spent at the NSA Central Region Winter Fair will stand you in good stead and provide an essential transfusion of technical and political information.”

“Farmers need to do all they can to protect their businesses from the factors over which they have no control.”

More information about the event can be found here. Entry is free to NSA members and £5 to no-members.

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