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Young Sheep Handlers have more Options at this Year’s Show

After the success of last year’s Young Sheep Handlers Class, organisers of the Northumberland County Show have relaxed the criteria this year to allow children to show any sheep of their choice.

Robert Raine, Chief Steward of the Sheep Section, explained, “In previous years the rule stated youngsters could only show “a lamb” in this class. We’re always eager to act on feedback, and as a result of requests to show shearlings and older tups, we’ve opened up the class to all sheep. This year the little ones can bring their favourite sheep, no matter how old it is!”

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Last year’s bitterly cold lambing season promised a poor turnout at the show, but on Show Day there was an excellent standard of entrants, and the quality of lambs was as high as ever. This spring’s lambing season is almost upon us, and with kinder weather Robert is optimistic there will be a superb show. Schedules were released at the start of March with a new facility to enter classes via the Show’s website. Robert reports, “Our online application system is proving to be very popular. It’s all go for sheep farmers at the minute, so this will save them a lot of time and hassle – and a trip to the post box!”

The new Sheep facilities have been made possible through the financial support of longstanding sponsors and funding from the Rural Development Programme for England, for which DEFRA is the Managing Authority. Tynedale Agricultural Society, the charitable organisation behind the show, is delighted that Youngs RPS have generously renewed their sponsorship for the Sheep Section, and a class in the Alpaca Section. To assist visitors in navigating the huge showground, Youngs RPS has also provided signage, in the style of their ‘For Sale’ boards highlighting key facilities and information points.

For over twenty years Charles Raine (not related to Robert Raine), Partner of Youngs RPS, has been involved in the County Show. As a farmer’s son from Cumbria, he was brought up among Swaledale and Bluefaced Leicester sheep, and his father is a renowned breeder of fine Mules. Mr Raine Senior’s credentials are so respected that he has been earmarked as a future judge at the County Show.

Charles explains, “I think it’s very important to support the County Show. It’s the one day of the year when everyone gets to showcase all that is great about rural life in the region.” As usual, Youngs RPS will be bringing a large trade stand to the show where clients will be offered hospitality and a chance to enjoy the action from a comfortable spot.

Youngs merged with RPS in 2012 to create a strong brand in the North East, offering a full range of rural property and land management services. Last year they were agents in one of the largest land sales ever recorded in the North East; 4,500 acres in Northumberland were acquired by the Crown Estates from Alcan Farms. They recently welcomed Tom Oates as a new partner. Based at the Alnwick office, Tom is an expert in dealing with a range of tenant farming issues and agricultural matters.

Charles Raine and Tom Oates of Youngs RPS, main sponsors of the Sheep Section

Charles Raine and Tom Oates of Youngs RPS, main sponsors of the Sheep Section

Tom said, “We provide farmers and landowners with advice on a wide range of rural issues including farm and landlord and tenant matters, residential agency, valuations, CAP reform and grants, Planning and Development as well as a host of other matters from offices in Sedgefield, Hexham and Alnwick.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to find solutions in the best interests of our clients and wherever possible seek to avoid expensive and acrimonious disputes.”

To contact Youngs RPS call their Hexham office on 01434 608980.

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