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NSA North Sheep Attracts 25% More Sponsorship

The growing importance of NSA North Sheep 2013, as a platform for the sheep industry, is underlined by the enormous level of sponsors it has attracted.

Novartis Animal Health are the Major Sponsors of this, the National Sheep Association’s northern biennial event held on Wednesday, 5 June at Crimple Head Farm near Harrogate. Several Mainline sponsors were confirmed at the end of March including, British Wool Marketing Board, Campaign for Wool, Caltech Crystalyx, CCM Auctions, EBLEX, MSD, Scotmin Nutrition, Shearwell Data Ltd. and Yorkshire Water

North Sheep 2011

North Sheep 2011

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The event aims to attract over 7000 farming visitors from across the UK and organisers are already reporting a 25% rise in the number of sponsors as well as a record number of trade, sheep breed and sheep breeder displays. Organiser Julie Sedgewick says, “This year, NSA North Sheep 2013 will focus on the way ahead for the British Sheep Industry here in the North and how farmers can improve both their business efficiencies and maximise opportunities for the younger generation. Consequently we are delighted at the level of support from all areas of the industry – this backing will go a long way to helping us achieve our aim of sustaining the long term growth of the British Sheep Industry.”

Amongst some of the events being organised is the Stockjudging Competition which is being sponsored by Carrs Billington Agriculture, the leading supplier of agricultural products to ruminant farmers in the UK. It will have four classes Gents, Ladies, 25 years and under and 18 years and under; entrants will be required to show their keen eye for champion stock by judging four pens with Dalesbred, Teeswater, Mashams and Mules. The lamb selection competition to be held and run by EBLEX on their stand, is sponsored by Shearwell Data, who produce animal identification and management systems. The on the day entrants will have to demonstrate their expertise in selecting and grading live lambs.

Host Richard Wilson, a keen shearer has organised a Sheep Shearing Competition – this tough challenge will see pre-invited shearers all North of England champions battle through 4 heats, a semi-final and the final itself. It’s particularly fitting that this will be sponsored by the British Wool Marketing Board which is working to achieve the best possible prices for fleeces produced by British farmers. The winner will receive a hand piece donated by Horner Shearing and £200; 2nd place will receive £175; third place will receive £150 and all of the competitors will get a shearing vest from Horner Shearing to reward their efforts.

The “NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award” will no doubt be one of the most hotly contended. The winner will not only receive £300 prize money and the Ali Johnson Perpetual Trophy; they will go on to represent NSA Northern Region at the NSA Sheep finals in Malvern later this year. It is sponsored by Askham Bryan College which trains local young people in land based skills. Entrants up to 26 years of age will be tested on key shepherding skills including lamb selection, sheep shearing, stock judging, handling techniques, vaccinating and dosage calculations and questions on flock management and health issues.

In addition to the competition classes, the event acts as an industry forum offering a seminar programme covering issues of current concern. Seminar topics will include Sustainable Farming and CAP Reform in the Uplands, animal welfare issues and Opportunities for New Entrants. Seminar sponsors Rumenco, suppliers of Feed supplements, minerals and nutritional products to the equine and livestock industries, will feature speaker David Thornton MSc and will look at Matching Bought in Nutrition with a Farm’s Own Resources.

The BWMB and NSA will give updates on issues affecting the sheep industry in 2013. Visitors will also have the chance to take a 30 minute farm tour sponsored by Ripon Farm Services, John Deere and Portequip Ltd. The trip by trailer will offer Yorkshire taster refreshments at the halfway stage including Black Sheep Real Ale, pork pies from Kendalls Butchers and flapjacks from Park View Bakery, both in nearby Pateley Bridge. Keen foodies will also be able to enjoy the Farmers Market organised by the Northern Dales Farmers Market and cheer contestants in the Ready Steady Cook competition. An extensive trade show of over 200 stands includes displays from 40 sheep breed societies, auction marts, nutrition companies, vets and suppliers of agricultural products and services. There will also be dry stone walling, crook making and spinning, weaving and felting demonstrations.

The growing list of National Sponsors for the event which is being held at Crimple Head by kind permission of the Wilson family includes: Animax Ltd, Farmway Ltd, Harrison & Hetherington, J G Animal Health, Pearsons Farm Supplies, Suzuki GB,Taylor ATV and Honda UK.

Local Sponsors confirmed include Bluenergy Hydro Power, BOCM Pauls Ltd, Dugdale Nutrition, Norbrook Laboratories Ltd, SAI Global Assurance Services Ltd, Telsol, Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart Ltd and W E Jameson and event supporters Bishopton Veterinary Group.


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