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Competitors gear up for grand final at Sheep 2018

June 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Livestock

Young sheep handlers from the region will put their shepherding skills to the test at the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Sheep 2018 event this month.

Will Leese (Staffordshire) and Harley Turner (Derbyshire) will take part in the national final of the NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year competition, sponsored by the Texel Sheep Society. The event takes place on 18 July at the Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire.

The best young shepherds from around the UK will go head-to-head in a range of tasks designed to test their skills ranging from shearing to lamb selection. The competition will also include a mystery challenge testing knowledge of a topical subject currently affecting the UK sheep sector.

Each of the 18 competitors has fought hard to get to the final, securing a place via nine regional competitions held by the NSA up and down the country. It forms part of the NSA Next Generation programme dedicated to encouraging and supporting the sheep farmers of the future.

Speed and stamina

Returning once again to entertain the crowds, NSA Sheep 2018 will include the highly respected wire fencing competition, sponsored by Tornado, where competitors will be required to demonstrate speed, skill and stamina as they race to erect a section of fencing before the allotted time runs out.

The popular contest is judged not just on time but importantly on the quality of the finished work, and spectators can expect an exciting display as rival fencing teams take part.

NSA Sheep 2018 organiser Helen Davies said the competitions were always a draw for visiting crowds. “We look forward to welcoming competitors from across the UK to test their shepherding and farming skills against each other in what will be some hard-fought contests.”

Fleece award

Those seeking a quieter spot will also find plenty of interest at NSA Sheep Event 2018. Away from the hustle and bustle of the fencing and Next Generation competition areas, visitors will find the fleece competition, featuring a fine display of fleeces from a range of sheep.

The contest, which is a qualifier for the British Wool ‘Golden Fleece’ competition, includes seven classes of fleece and is open to all wishing to show off their finest wool.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker says: “It is always pleasing to recognise the skills and hard work of those competing on such a recognised stage within the industry. We wish all competitors for 2018 the very best of luck and can’t wait to see the competition outcomes.”

For full details, including competition information, visit www.sheepevent.org.uk.

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