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South Shropshire Farmer Awarded With EID Reader Prize

10 March 2015

UK – A South Shropshire farmer has been awarded a brand new electronic identification stick reader after encouraging his staff to join the National Sheep Association (NSA).

Will Howells farms at the family operation at Abdon and earned a place in the draw for the £910 Shearwell device when his part-time workman Josh Kirby became an NSA member earlier this year.

This is the third year that NSA’s membership recruitment campaign has offered entry into a prize draw for existing members who refer a friend or neighbour, in addition to the automatic entry for a new member – but this is the first of nine prize draws that has seen an existing member win.

The stick reader kit will be put to good use, as Will and his family manage around 1,000 outdoor-lambing ewes, plus a beef enterprise, on an upland farm in the Shropshire Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The operation is managed with sister Leece, who said: “We were chuffed to hear we had won the Shearwell reader and, since its arrival, have found it to be robust and easy to use.”

“We became NSA members some years ago and have found membership very worthwhile. During the snows of March 2013 we turned to NSA for advice, as much of the televised coverage was aimed towards Wales and felt very isolated. Pressure from NSA and others on Defra meant support came for those farmers hardest hit.”

NSA is giving away a total of 12 readers between 1st December 2014 and 30th November 2015. New members are automatically entered into the draw, as well as existing members who make a referral.

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