The NSA Northern Region’s annual general meeting was held at Hexham Mart last week and featured a special presentation of the TI Allinson Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the North of England.
The recipient was Peter Lee, a Northumberland livestock farmer born and bred, who still farms at Morley Hill near Allendale.
From a young age he has shown he had great knowledge and enthusiasm for livestock.
In 1961, when a student at Kirkley Hall, he was awarded the prize for most improved student. He carried this enthusiasm forward into his working life.
His extensive knowledge of the Swaledale and Blue-faced Leicester bloodlines has resulted in Morley Hill stock being prize winners at livestock auctions throughout the North of England. Mr Lee’s enthusiasm for the North of England Mule is unparalleled. Since the formation of the North of Enland Mule Sheep Association (Nemsa) in 1980, of which he was one of the original members, he has worked tirelessly to promote the breed.
He has been a past chairman of Nemsa Lazonby branch and also a past chairman of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association D District.
He has personally transported sheep to shows and exhibitions to such faraway places as Cornwall, Brighton and Fraserborough.
Mr Lee has initiated Mule classes at the Royal Highland Show even providing a winner’s trophy.
Not satisfied with his promotional work during summer and autumn seasons, he has supported and encouraged new classes at the RHS Winter Fair.
Peter Lee is held in high regard and has great respect from all Nemsamembers; he is seen as an ambassador for the Mule sheep breed.
Also at the meeting, the following officials were re-elected: chairman, Adam Watson, Sanders Close, Slaggyford; vice-bhairman, Greg Dalton, Westgate in Weardale; treasurer, Eddie Eastham, Carlisle.
After the AGM David Raine and Phil Stocker gave a presentation and talk on their trip to New Zealand last year and Thomas Carrick and James Raine from Cumbria gave a report on their NSA Northern Region-sponsored young person’s attendance at the Northern Farming Conference.