Visitors to next week’s NSA Sheep event will have the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the work done on behalf of UK sheep farmers by the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).
The BWMB, a mainline sponsor of the event at the Three Counties show ground, Malvern, on Wednesday, will display information on the latest wool prices while illustrating the various parts of the organisation’s work, including the training of new shearers.
Examples of this shearing action can be seen in the Open and YFC Shearing competitions being held in the shearing shed at the event.
The BWMB will be staging a wool clinic on its stand throughout the day, providing advice to producers on improving wool clip presentation and quality.
Additionally, wool from a variety of sheep breeds will be judged by BWMB wool marketing manager Stephen Spencer at the show’s fleece competition.
An 3m-high installation will form the centrepiece of the BWMB’s stand which is being organised jointly with the Campaign for Wool (CfW).
BWMB chairman and Northumberland sheep farmer Malcolm Corbett said: “The centrepiece of the stand, the ‘WOOL’ installation is a dramatic statement piece covered in different wool applications which has drawn enormous attention wherever it has been shown before.
“The nature of the piece means it is very much a touch and feel piece as well as a stunning visual display. The piece is a perfect reflection of the British wool industry.”
The past 12 months has seen demand for British wool increase once again and as a result prices achieved at BWMB wool auctions have also increased, Mr Corbett added.
“While producers will naturally always want to see higher wool prices, the levels we’ve seen wool trading at in the last year are very welcome and show signs of continuing for the coming season.’’