A group of enthusiastic young sheep farmers shared their hopes and concerns for the future of the sector with key delegates last week as they visited London for an insightful visit with the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Next Generation programme.
Having been selected following an application process that asked each of the young people to express their thoughts on key issues such as trade and other priorities for the UK sheep industry the group were able to meet with several Lords and Defra representatives during a tour and meeting at the Palace of Westminster.
This was followed by a visit to leading Marks & Spencer’s London headquarters to discuss its supply chain process and future plans for British lamb.
NSA chief executive Phil Stocker accompanied the group and said: “We were pleased to be joined by a brilliant delegation of young farming ambassadors in London last week for an exceptional visit and tour of parliament, following which we met with Defra leads for a lively discussion around new schemes, future trade, and vision for the future of agriculture.
“It was a privilege to take part in this visit to Westminster and then M&S, with a very lively and engaged group. I’d particularly like to thank NSA president Lord Inglewood for sponsoring our visit which gave one of the best insights into the background and workings of both the House of Commons and the Lords that I have ever experienced.
“Also, thanks must go to the senior Defra team who discussed Future Farming Schemes and trade, and of course to M&S who provided a thorough insight into their supply chain and sustainability programme, including an excellent butchery demonstration.”