The National Sheep Association (NSA) is starting its search for the next group of Next Generation Ambassadors to join its development programme, becoming part of a scheme supporting the future of the UK sheep sector through young people.

The NSA Next Generation Ambassador programme, now in its seventh year, offers young sheep farmers aged 18-34 the opportunity to take part in a series of technical and personal development sessions aimed to further their experience and understanding of the UK sheep industry.

As well as providing the chance to visit varied sheep farming systems and parts of the sheep farming supply chain, the programme delivers an abundance of networking opportunities, from the chance to be part of a group of like-minded young sheep farmers, to meeting with industry experts and leaders, the scheme can open doors to opportunities.

Every other year the scheme invites applications from innovative and enthusiastic young shepherds from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to apply for their chance to become one of 12 ambassadors.

A spokesperson for the NSA said:

The online application is a simple process. Interested parties will have to share some information about their own shepherding experience and their hopes for their futures in the UK sheep industry.

"As in previous years, we hope to attract a varied group of young sheep farmers; Whether you are a first-generation farmer, someone who hopes to one take on their family farm or a contract shepherd or shepherdess just starting out in your career.

"We really are excited to see what you can offer as an NSA Next Generation ambassador, and we are proud of the opportunity that we can provide you and other keen young sheep farmers.”