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It’s all about Shearing at NSA North Sheep!

It has been announced that NSA North Sheep 2013, being held at Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw near Harrogate will this year feature what is believed to be the first ever invitation shearing competition to be held in Yorkshire.

Pre invited shearers will compete at this biennial one day event on Wednesday 5th June. The competition, which is being sponsored by Craven Cattle Marts and W M Horner, has been initiated by Richard Wilson, the son of David Wilson whose family is hosting the event.

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

Richard, who is 28, has been a keen sheep shearer from a very young age. After attending numerous courses with the British Wool Marketing Board and gaining his Gold Seal Shearing Award, he became a fully qualified sheep shearer. To gain further experience Richard had two visits to New Zealand during the winter months. In addition to being an integral member of the farming enterprise at Crimple Head Farm, he runs a sheep shearing business in partnership with Richard Pedley of Kirby Lonsdale. During the summer, they shear in the region of 25,000 sheep across North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbrian borders.

This year, NSA North Sheep has ensured the focus is very firmly on the future of the sheep farming industry and the next generation. The event is aiming to top its success from 2011 which attracted over 7000 farming visitors and 230 trade stands.

When asked why he was so keen to introduce the shearing competition, to the day Richard said:
“This is a focussed sheep event and we were keen to demonstrate a very important skill to the younger generation that is so often overlooked. Our shearers are all from the North of England and will be competing to BISCA (British Isles Shearing Competition Association) rules. The winner will receive a hand piece which has been donated by W M Horner and £200, the runner up £175 and 3rd place £150. All of our contestants will receive a vest from W M Horner. I hope that this event will be a success.”

The line-up of judges is as impressive as the X Factor line up of judges and includes Richard Schofield, the 2011 British Wool Marketing Board Shearing personality of the year, Colin McGregor Former Scottish Shearing Champion and Shearing Manager for the British Wool Marketing Board and Chris Chomse, who was committee member of the 2011 NSA North Sheep, and also Chairman of the Northumberland County Show, he has over time, seen his fair share of shearing competitions.

NSA North Sheep is the largest biennial sheep event held in the North of England and the organisers are totally committed to encouraging the younger generation. During this year’s event competitions include stock judging and lamb selection and practical sheep management is included through the staging of the third NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award.

The NSA committee have organised a comprehensive array of activities for the day including dry stone walling demonstrations, spinning, weaving as well as traditional farmers market and craft stalls, ensuring nobody will be left out.

J M Wilson & Sons have been farming at Crimple Head Farm for over 100 years and the family now has three generations of sheep farmers, looking after the 1000 acre farm on the outskirts of Harrogate. The Wilson Family are keen supporters of the traditional Yorkshire breeds and David Wilson who is Richard’s father is the chairman of the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association and the Masham Sheep Breeders Association.


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