North East farming community and public asked to cast their vote for winning video

A video that best promotes sheep farming will be chosen to boost the industry at this month's NSA Sheep Event

Robert Addison, Hexham and Northern Marts
Robert Addison, Hexham and Northern Marts

With the NSA event now just days away, your votes are needed to whittle down the shortlisted sheep industry promotion videos to a final three.

The selected films will battle it out for the winning place at the event on Wednesday, July 30.

Closely linked to the overall event theme of securing the future of the UK sheep industry, the competition is run in conjunction with Farmers Guardian and aimed at helping encourage new entrants into the sector.

With a prize fund of £700, sponsored by Agri-Lloyd, the competition will be looking to find the video that best promotes a career in sheep farming.

Members of the farming community and the public are invited to go to http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/ to watch the videos and select the one they believe deserves to go through to the final. But, hurry as voting closes on Sunday, July 27.

NSA communications manager Joanne Briggs said: “This is a very new idea for NSA Sheep 2014 and we have been impressed with the video entrants we’ve received and the enthusiasm with which the participants share their passion for sheep farming.

“The final three entrants selected from the online vote will have their videos aired on large screens at the NSA event for show visitors to decide who wins the prize.”

Along with the video final, there are numerous other competitions including live lamb selection and lamb carcase identification, both of which visitors can enter on the day and go home with a cash prize.

Judges will also be handing out prizes for the quality of the trade stands and this year there is a new competition of the best pen of sheep exhibited by a breed society to show the crossing potential of that breed.

The sheep society pens will be judged on the day of the event by Andrew Walton, a commercial and pedigree farmer from Northumberland, and Robert Addison, chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Associations (LAA) and managing director of Hexham and Northern Marts.

The judges will award first, second and third prizes to those stands with the top-placed society receiving a presentation gavel from LAA for the best pen of sheep that is both true to type and provides the best commercial representation of its breed.

NSA Sheep Event takes place at the Three Counties show ground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

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