Sheep body elects new chairman

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has elected Northern Irish Samuel Wharry as its new chairman.

Wharry, from Carnlough, Co Antrim, was chosen by the NSA Management Board from within a pool of 12 regional trustee managers. The new national chairman will serve for a three-year term, having been an office-holder within the NSA Northern Ireland Region for a number of years and served on the board for three years.

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to be selected by my fellow board members for this role. I look forward to working with the board to continue to make the NSA relevant and useful to all our members.”

Wharry has a wealth of sheep farming knowledge to draw on. The NSA explained that he “has a real commitment to breeding fit-for-purpose stock, having maintained a pure-bred Scottish Blackface flock on his hill farm in Co Antrim, while also taking part in a number of initiatives using other breeds, including Swaledale and Lleyn, to gather practical data on maternal lines”.

He also has a passion for encouraging the next generation of sheep farmers. He has entered into a mutually beneficial share farming agreement with James Davison, “a young farmer from Ballymena with an appetite for the sheep sector, but little land of his own”.

“Our industry needs to bring new blood forward and I’m pleased to be working with James to build a healthy business which will provide a decent income for both of us. I would like to think it could be an example that was useful to other people in the industry,” he said.

Wharry takes the reins from John Geldard from Cumbria, who held the post since January 2012.

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