THE National Sheep Association (NSA) have had three reasons to celebrate recently.
Firstly at the annual presentation of the prestigious George Hedley Memorial award for outstanding service to the sheep industry; secondly to formally mark Lord Henry Plumb’s time as President of NSA; and thirdly to publicly welcome His Grace the Duke of Montrose as the new President of the Association.
The winner of the 2010 George Hedley Memorial award was Lord Henry Plumb DL who was nominated by the NFU and received the most votes by members of NSA Council.
The presentation lunch held in the House of Lords was attended by around 70 guests including Lords, leading sheep industry figures and NSA office holders from around the UK to witness the new President His Grace the Duke of Montrose present the award to Lord Plumb.
His Grace spoke warmly of Lord Plumb and the contribution he has made in so many arenas over so many years.
At the lunch NSA Chairman of Council Jonathan Barber publicly recognised the change of Presidency and said how fortunate NSA was to have a new President with such a close affinity to and understanding of the sheep industry.
Mr Barber said the presentation “marked the end of an era” with Lord Plumb retiring from the NSA presidency after a decade.
“Truly a remarkable figure, his contribution will have touched the lives of all sheep farmers,” Mr Barber said.