The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced that its flagship event, NSA Sheep Event, will go ahead this summer.

After taking time to review current Government recommendations the Association has decided to proceed, a little later in the year than previously planned.

The Sheep Event will now take place on Monday October 19, once again at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire.

NSA Sheep Event 2020 Organiser, Helen Roberts said: “The NSA prides itself on being a member led organisation and delivering our iconic event is incredibly important to us.

"However, with the Government advising against attending mass gatherings and further action relating to social distancing and self-isolation and unnecessary travel, NSA felt there was no other option at this time than to postpone our main event until October and we are very grateful to have this date made available to us.

“This will be a difficult year for the nation as a whole, and for the NSA and many other associations and businesses, and we will all be affected by the financial outcome of this scenario but we do hope both our NSA members as well as all sheep farmers and the wider sheep industry will support as we now recommence plans for what we are confident will be a fantastic event once again.”

Also taking place this year is NSA Scotsheep, the main event of the industry in Scotland. Differing slightly from the NSA Sheep Event in Worcestershire, NSA Scotsheep is set to take place on-farm, kindly hosted in 2020 by Robert and Hazel McNee at their home at Over Finlarg, Tealing, Angus.

The event had been planned for early June but has now tentatively been moved to Wednesday July 8, a date that the NSA Scottish Region executive committee is aware is rather hopeful in the current climate but one they still hope can be achievable.

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