YOUNG ambassadors are being sought to participate in a special National Sheep Association programme throughout 2018 – and the deadline for applications is Sunday, December 17.

The NSA Next Generation Ambassador Programme is aimed at individuals aged 20-34, who are involved in the sheep sector, and wish to expand and develop their knowledge.

Held as part of the NSA Next Generation project, the group is made up of 12 individuals from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, selected to take part in five two or three-day technical and personal development sessions throughout the year. These are made up of practical and tutorial based sessions, covering health inputs, cost analyses, and visits and farm walks on a range of different sheep farming systems.

An existing NSA Next Generation Ambassador, Richard Taylor, said: “I would urge anyone wanting to learn more about the industry alongside like-minded young people to apply for the NSA Next Generation Ambassador programme. It’s a brilliant opportunity and each session gives you so much to take home and think about in relation to your own flock, while giving you confidence to try new ideas.”

The 2018 group will be the fifth of its kind, after the initiative was launched in 2014. Ambassadors are also encouraged to continue their involvement with NSA after their year on the programme, through their regional committees, or at local and national NSA events.

Another existing NSA Next Generation Ambassador, Dan Pritchard, added: “I’ve feel as if I’ve learnt so many new skills to enhance my own business, whist networking with several influential figures in the sheep sector. Not to mention the life-long friends I’ve made from all over the UK.

"I’d highly recommend applying to become an NSA Next Generation Ambassador to anyone who is keen to learn more about our fantastic industry.”

Online applications can be made at