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NSA North Sheep 2013

This year the focus of NSA North Sheep being held on Wednesday 5th June is very firmly on the future of the Sheep Farming Industry and the next generation.

Over 7000 Thousand people are expected to attend NSA North Sheep 2013, the National Sheep Association’s [NSA] northern biennial one day event being held Wednesday 5th June. It is being held at Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, with the very kind support of three generations of the Wilson Family.

The Wilson Family

The Wilson Family

The importance of NSA North Sheep is underlined by the enormous level of national and local support it has attracted from its key sponsors including Major Sponsor Novartis Animal Health. The farming industry is facing many important changes and this year’s seminar programme has been designed to look in detail at the challenges and opportunities the industry faces in the future.

In addition to the impressive line-up of seminars, exhibitions and cutting edge demonstrations, there are over 230 trades stands and competitions during the day will include the Stock Judging Competition, the shearing and ready steady cook competitions and the announcement of the Young Shepherd of the Year.

Chair of the organisers, Adam Watson, is delighted to welcome this year’s visitors to what he believes will be an outstanding show as he explains: “We are very pleased to be holding what has become a key event in the agricultural calendar here in Yorkshire - one of the UK’s prime sheep producing regions. With the harsh weather, fall in lamb prices and outbreak of the Smallenberg Virus, sheep farmers have not had an easy start to the year and this underlines the challenges that we face as an industry. However by meeting together at events such as this, we can work together to secure its future. Our focus this year is very much on the way ahead looking at how farmers can improve both their business efficiencies and maximise opportunities for the younger generation.”

Crimple Head Farm is run by generations of J M Wilson and Sons. The 1000 acre farm runs flocks of 1000 horned Dalesbred ewes and 300 Masham and 50 Mule ewes along with 30 pure bred Texels and 100 head of breeding cattle. The Wilson family are very keen supporters of the National Sheep Association and the Sheep industry and David Wilson is himself Chairman of the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association.

Commenting on in advance Chief Executive of the NSA, Phil Stoker, said: “This is the event of the year for the sheep farming industry in the North of England, a region that is the backbone of the UK sheep world. If it’s new products you are interested in, sheep breeds and developments, market opportunities, education, apprenticeships and training, young shepherds’ and competitions, or simply chewing the fat with old friends – then you need to be here at Crimple Head Farm.”

North Sheep’s role as an industry forum will enable farmers to learn about and discuss the developments and changes the industry faces. A Guided tour of the farm will include tasting of local produce, and entertainment has been included in the form of a welcome return to Ready Steady cook will include experts in production and selling showing whether they can cook the lambs they sell.

The Stockjudging Competition (sponsored by Carrs Billington Agriculture) 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. At the EBLEX lamb Selection competition, sponsored by Shearwell Data, contestants in both the Open Section and Under 21s class will need to demonstrate their expertise in selecting and grading lambs for slaughter.

New for 2013 is Sheep Shearing sponsored by British Wool Marketing Board, pre invited shearers, all North of England champions will shear to BISCA rules – this is a tough challenge, the winner will need to get through 4 heats, a semi-final and the final itself. The winner will receive a hand piece donated by W M Horner and £200, 2nd place will receive £175, third place will receive £150 and all of the competitors will get a shearing vest from W M Horner to reward their efforts.

In NSA North Sheep’s forums, farmers can learn from experts in their field the latest developments in flock management and healthcare as well as the commercial aspects of their business. They will include Sustainable Farming and CAP Reform in the Uplands and the Flock Health Update which will advise on how to eradicate Scab, Schmallenberg and Fluke. A special session sponsored by Rumenco will feature speaker David Thornton MSc and will look at Matching Bought in Nutrition with a Farm’s Own Resources.

NSA North Sheep Organiser Julie Sedgewick adds: “We are extremely proud of our sheep industry, its efficiency and ability to produce world class lamb. Seminars give everyone involved a chance to hear what’s going on beyond the farm boundary and reflect on change and opportunity.”

To underline NSA North Sheep’s commitment to young farmers there will also be a seminar dedicated to looking at “Opportunities for Young Entrants.” This will be supported by practical activities at the event to which 12 local schools have been invited to attend. No doubt these potential farmers of the future will also enjoy the third NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award. In the competition sponsored by Askham Bryan College, entrants under 26 years will have to perform five tasks – Stockjudging; lamb selection; shearing two sheep; answering questions on flock management and demonstrating dosing, vaccination and foot trimming skills. The winner will represent the NSA Northern Region at the final of the UK Young Shepherd of the Year to be held at NSA Sheep 2014, in Malvern, Worcestershire.

The 30 minute farm tour (sponsored by Ripon Farm Services and Portequip Ltd) by trailer will offer Yorkshire taster refreshments at the halfway stage including 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.

Mainline Sponsors for NSA North Sheep are Yorkshire Water, British Wool Marketing Board, Campaign for Wool, Caltech Crystalyx, Craven Cattle Marts, EBLEX, MSD, Scotmin Nutrition and Shearwell Data Ltd. The Marjor Sponsor Novartis are a leader in developing new and better ways to prevent and treat diseases in farm animals, it will be joining with SCOPS (the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep), Ritchey and Moredun to run practical demonstrations and offer information and advice about best practice on the farm.

Back by popular demand, amateur chefs will take part in the event’s own Ready Steady Cook competition (sponsored by CCM Auctions) and featuring prime local lamb, which will be selected and purchased at CCM auctions. Heat One will be between Ted Ogden from Craven Cattle Marts and Ian Smith from Wharfedale Farmers Mart with a professional chef from Harrogate College assisting the novices. Heat Two will be between lamb buyers, Andrew Atkinson and Stephen Maskill, again with a different professional chef from Harrogate College assisting. The winners of each heat will have to impress again with a different dish for the final which will be judged by a secret celebrity chef. Organisers are hoping Northumberland’s Frankie Walton will make a return to give his own humorous commentary on the proceedings. Prize money will be donated to the amateur chefs chosen charity.An extensive trade show will include displays from a record breaking 40 sheep breed societies. It will be an opportunity to meet representatives from auction marts, nutrition companies, vets and suppliers of agricultural products and services.

Throughout the day there are a number of practical activities including a dry stone walling demonstration by Phil Dolphin, a crook making display by Dave Fothergill and a spinning, weaving and felting display by Bowland and Craven Spinning Guild.

To conclude Phil said: “A huge thank you to Michael, David, Martin, Kathryn and Richard for hosting NSA North Sheep. Without the generosity, support and enthusiasm of families like the Wilsons, these events would be much poorer.”

(subject to changes)


Seminar / speakers

11.00 - 11.40

“Matching bought-in nutrition with your farms own resources” Rumenco’s David Thornton, MsC

Chairman: Geoff Lawn, NSA Northern Region committee

12.00 – 12.20

12.25 – 12.50

“Political update for UK sheep producers” - NSA

“Your Board 2013” Malcolm Corbett, Chairman BWMB

Chairman: David Raine, NSA Vice President

13.00 - 13.45

“Sustainable Farming and CAP reform in the Uplands:

Will Cockbain, Natural England; Andrew Jamieson, Agricultural Advisor H&H Land & Property; Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive and Rob Macklin, National Trust Head of Food & Farming.

Chair: John Geldard, NSA national Chairman

14.00 - 14.45

“Opportunities for new Entrants”

Liz Philip, principal, Askham Bryan College

Josh Metcalfe, potential new entrant

Chair: Tim Sedgewick, Young Farmer

15.00 - 15.40

“Sheep Health Issues” – Fluke, Schmallenberg and the Stamp Out Scab campaign; presentation given by Dr Fiona Lovatt, MRCVS

Chair: Joanne Pugh, Senior Communications Officer, NSA


8.30am Judging of best indoor, best outdoor, best sheep breed society stands and best wool on the hoof

9am Event open to visitors

From 9.00am View 200 agricultural related trade stands, view 40 sheep breed displays, EBLEX/BRP stand: live lamb selection, ram MOT’s, carcase cutting, butchery display, foot trimming displays. ATV Ride & Try, SCOPS demonstration, stock judging competition, sheep shearing competition, stick dressing demos, spinning, weaving and felting demos, dry stone walling demos, wool handling, Young Shepherd of the Year competitio

09.30 to 16.00 Farm tours

10.30 Opening ceremony and presentations

10.50 Press conference

11.00 Rumenco Seminar

11.30 First heat of Ready Steady Cook

12.00 Political Seminar

12.25 *WMB Seminar

12.30 Second heat of Ready Steady Cook

1pm *Sustainable Farming & CAP reform in the Uplands seminar

2pm *Opportunities for Young Entrants seminar

2.30pm Final of Ready Steady Cook

3pm *Sheep Health issues seminar

3pm Sheep Shearing Final

3pm National Lamb Selection results and prize giving on the Shearwell Data indoor stand, no 83

3.15pm Ready Steady Cook prize giving within the cookery theatre marquee

3.30pm Stock judging results and prize giving on the Carrs Billington indoor stand, no 82

4pm Sheep Shearing prize giving on the BWMB indoor stand, no 85

4pm Young Shepherd of the Year results and prize giving at the Opening Ceremony platform

5 pm Event closes to visitors

5.30pm Access to site for standholders to remove stands


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