Harrogate hosts leading sheep festival

The Wilson family are hosting NSA Sheep North 2013 (s)
The Wilson family are hosting NSA Sheep North 2013 (s)

Over 7,000 people are expected at Crimple Head Farm in Beckwithshaw on Wednesday for the National Sheep Association (NSA) North Sheep 2013 event.

Visitors can attend seminars, exhibitions and demonstrations on the day, as well as browse more than 230 stalls.

The winners of competitions including stock judging, shearing, ready steady cook and Young Shepherd of the Year will be revealed.

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stoker said: “This is the event of the year for the sheep farming industry in the north of England, a region that is the backbone of the UK sheep world.”

The 1,000 acre Crimple Head Farm is run by the Wilson family, who run flocks of over 1,000 sheep.

Seminars include Opportunities for new Entrants and Sheep Health Issues.

NSA North Sheep organiser Julie Sedgewick said: “We are extremely proud of our sheep industry, its efficiency and ability to produce world class lamb.

“Seminars give everyone involved a chance to hear what’s going on beyond the farm boundary and reflect on change and opportunity.”

The event runs from 9am to 5pm, visit www.northsheep.org.uk