Agricultural supplier Carrs Billington has been announced as the major sponsor for NSA North Sheep 2015, which is returning to Cumbria for the first time in more than five years.
A key biennial event for the sheep sector, it is set bring together competitions, demonstrations, seminars and around 200 trade stands at Neil and Sally Marston’s Millstone Moor Farm near Cockermouth on June 3.
As a major platform to share knowledge, new industry developments and products, NSA North Sheep 2015 offers both sponsors and exhibitors the chance to reach a broad cross section of the industry, all in one place.
With its head office in Carlisle, Carrs Billington supplies a wide range of products such as compound and blended animal feeds, straights, fertilizers, seeds, animal health products, and agrochemicals, as well as services to sheep farmers.
The company has a network of 26 Country Stores, together with professional teams of sales specialists and advisors to support farmers.
Divisional sales manager Ian Oliver tells said: “This is the major sheep event in the North of the country, and a very important business platform for us.
“So, as the leading supply company and partners to countless farm businesses, we are delighted to be involved with NSA North Sheep 2015.
“Mr Marston is one of our customers, and Cumbria is one of our main trading areas, where we have a large market share of the business.
“Sponsoring this event gives us the opportunity to give something back to our customers and to thank them for their support.
“It is also an opportunity to highlight the range and of products and services we offer to a wider audience.”
In addition to Carrs Billington, NSA North Sheep 2015 is being supported by a wide range of organisations familiar to those in the sheep sector, including BWMB & Campaign for Wool, Caltech & Scotmin Nutrition, EBLEX, Elanco Animal Health, Mitchells Auction Company Ltd, Rumenco & Nettex and Shearwell Data.
Around 7,000 visitors are expected to turn out on the day, when tours of the Marston’s Lakeland farm - home to the well-known North of England Mule-producing Highberries Crossing Blue-Faced Leicester flock - will be offered.
The event will also hosting the 2015 Young Shepherd of the Year contest, supported by Newton Rigg and Askham Bryan Colleges, as well as the North of England inter-county shearing competition.
A series of seminars will likewise be offered throughout the day, focusing on issues such as CAP reform in the uplands and maintaining sheep health.
Event organiser Julie Sedgewick said: “NSA North Sheep 2015 is a key date in the industry’s calendar, giving people the opportunity to get together, discuss the latest developments and do business. It’s a fantastic venue for businesses to catch up with customers, new and old, and to show off products and services to a new audience.
“Bringing NSA North Sheep back to Cumbria for the first time in more than five years means we’re expecting a lot of visitors from the county, which is at the heart of the northern sheep producing industry.
“It really is a fantastic chance to promote your business to potential new customers.”
A number of sponsorship packages are still available and there will be space both indoors and outdoors for companies wanting to book a trade stand. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org before February 27.
More details on the days programme can be found at www.northsheep.org.uk .