THE BIENNIAL North Sheep event will attract thousands of visitors from across the UK to the North this year.
The National Sheep Association (NSA) organised event will be held in North Yorkshire after being staged in Northumberland in 2011, when it attracted crowds of more than 7,000.
This year’s event will be held at JM Wilson and Sons’ Crimple Head Farm at Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, on June 5.
The 1,000-acre farm runs flocks of 1,000 horned Dales-bred ewes and 300 Masham and Mule ewes. Texel tups are used on the crossbred ewes. The farm also has a suckler herd of 100 cows, which are crossed with Limousin bulls.
NSA North Sheep will focus on way ahead for the British sheep industry and will include the third NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award, plus stockjudging and lamb selection competitions.
There will be a shearing competition for the first time, plus demonstrations including of dry stone walling, stickmaking, spinning, weaving and felting as well as a traditional farmers market and craft stalls.
Event organiser Julie Sedgewick said: “We are delighted to return the event to North Yorkshire, a major sheep producing county, for the first time in more than a decade.
“NSA North Sheep will provide the opportunity to discuss a range of issues focused on how producers can improve their business efficiencies.”
Meanwhile, the Borderway UK Dairy Expo will return to Carlisle in March. The event, staged for the first time last year, has secured three top international livestock experts to judge the classes on March 9.
Barclay Phoenix will judge the Holstein classes and Bruce Mode will oversee the Coloured Breeds. They are both from Canada and will be joined by Monique Rey from Switzerland, who will judge the International Youth Dairy Championships.
Glyn Lucas, of organisers of Harrison & Hetherington, said: “We are extremely pleased that these highly regarded international judges have agreed to take part in our second event.
“Between them, the three judges have a huge amount of experience in both breeding and judging world class cattle.”
The inaugural Borderway UK Dairy Expo pulled in more than 6,000 spectators last year and aims to provide an opportunity for breeders and farmers from across the UK to meet, compete and catch up on developments in breeding, science and farm technologies.
It will feature champion cattle classes plus the Global Classic Sale, trade stands and representatives from the main breed societies.
The livestock schedule and entry forms can be downloaded from www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk or by calling 01228 406 230. The closing date for entries is January 21.