More than 8,000 visitors flocked to NSA North Sheep, the National
Sheep Association northern region’s one day bi-ennial event,
hosted by the Skidmore family and supported by major sponsor,
George F. White, at North Hanging Wells, Eastgate in Weardale,
Bishop Auckland, County Durham on Wednesday 6 June.
The crowd featured over 100 overseas visitors, including official
inward missions from Romania, Poland, and Lithuania, keen to
discuss business among the 197 trade stands, including 38 breed
societies and associations.
“NSA North Sheep continues to build on its previous successes
confirming it to be the sector’s leading business to business
regional event,” commented NSA northern region and event
chairman, Hans Pörksen.
“Trade stands reported good sized orders placed, the practical
working demonstrations proved popular, almost 3,000 visitors
joined the farm tour, and each of the seminars attracted packed
attendance demonstrating producers’ enthusiasm to learn
more about a wide issues affecting their business from genetic
progress and environmental schemes to marketing arrangements.
The event offered the best place to catch up on all matters to
do with sheep farming. Furthermore, it demonstrated farmers successfully
working together – NSA North Sheep had a dedicated committee
of 30 sheep producers, plus a further 20 volunteers.”
George F. White’s managing partner, Hugh Fell also gave
a very firm thumbs up: “The event proved to be an excellent
platform to meet informally with many of our clients. It also
gave us the opportunity to stress to farmers and landowners the
importance of flexibility and how they must have the ability
to rapidly respond to change in markets and climate, as it may
well be the difference between economic success and failure.”
NSA North Sheep 2009 will be staged on Wed 1 June at a venue
in the north west shortly to be confirmed.
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