Practical activities, stock judging as well as seminars are just some of the features taking place at this year’s NSA North Sheep.

The one-day event will be taking place on Wednesday, 5 June at Crimple Head Farm, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, by kind permission of J M Wilson and Sons. The 1,000-acre farm runs flocks of 1,000 horned Dalesbred ewes and 300 Masham and Mule ewes. Texel tups are used on the cross-bred ewes.

The event will focus on the way ahead for the British sheep industry as its gears up to new challenges and opportunities for the years ahead.

NSA North Sheep 2013 will be building on its previous success in 2011, when the event was held in Northumberland, with a crowd of more than 7,000 farming visitors from all parts of the UK, and 230 trade stands.

Event organisers are also reflecting their firm commitment towards encouraging all students and youngsters involved in practical sheep management activities by staging the third NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award.

New for 2013 will be a sheep shearing competition, with regular features such as stock judging and lamb selection continuing.

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