12:40pm Friday 11th January 2013
THE NSA’s North Sheep 2013 will be held in North Yorkshire for the first time in more than a decade.
Organised by the northern region of the National Sheep Association it will take place at Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, on Wednesday, June 5.
Host farmers J M Wilson and Sons run flocks of 1,000 horned Dalesbred ewes and 300 Masham and Mule ewes on 1,000 acres. Texel tups are used on the crossbred ewes and a suckler herd of 100 cows are crossed with Limousin bulls.
Held every other year, the 2011 event in Northumberland attracted more than 7,000 farmers from all parts of the UK, and 230 trade stands.
The 2013 event will focus on the way ahead for the British sheep industry .
Organisers are also encouraging students involved in practical sheep management activities by staging the third NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award.
New for 2013 will be a sheep shearing competition while stock judging and lamb selection will also be held.
Amateur chefs will take part in a Ready Steady Cook competition. other attractions include dry stone walling demonstrations, stickmaking, spinning, weaving and felting displays as well as a traditional farmers market and craft stalls. Julie Sedgewick, event organiser, said: “We are delighted to return the event to North Yorkshire, a major sheep producing county, for the first time in more than a decade. NSA North Sheep will provide the opportunity to discuss a range of issues focused on how producers can improve their business efficiencies.” Further information is available from Mrs Sedgewick on 07836 773888 or see northsheep.org.uk.
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