New for 2013 is a Native British Breeds class for non- accredited sheep. We were going to hold the class for the first time in 2012 but unfortunately the weather intervened so we are looking forward to a good entry this year.We have the usual competitive sections for Suffolks, Texels, Continentals and Downlands again for 2013. These classes are for M V accredited sheep only. Also again we have a Butcher’s Lambs class in pens of three. This class is open to both accredited and non- accredited sheep.
Why don’t you start your youngsters off by entering them in the Junior Handler’s ( under 14) class? We would love to see them involved and will give them every advice and assistance that we can. (The sheep must be drawn from classes1 to 29).
Schedules are ready now and will be sent out to previous exhibitors in due course but if you are showing for the first time they will be available from the secretariat from May onwards.
Also there is a non-competitive section showing some of the different breeds of sheep that have been developed in this country over hundreds of years. This is a non- competitive section. If you would like to be considered to take part in this section contact Kevin Hammersley at the number shown below. Space is at a premium so acceptance cannot be guaranteed.
All the sheep will be penned in the open and segregation rules regarding accredited and non- accredited sheep will be strictly enforced. Exhibitors will be responsible for providing the relevant documentation in respect of the current animal health regulations. You may bring along some cover for yourselves and your sheep but please remember that space is limited.
Exhibitors please note that straw will not be provided
Weather permitting, we will be holding our ever popular shearing demonstration with interviews with Tom Ryan, our expert shearer, and in depth commentary from Chis Lewis. Please arrive in good time as this is a very well attended event which is scheduled for 2 o’clock.
On display will be garments made from Jacob sheep wool and we hope to have a spinning demonstration going on from time to time.
Members of the public are free to walk round at all times and will find the various activities of great interest. Judging begins at 10.00prompt.
Come along and take part at a wonderful parkland setting and help to keep alive an important British tradition of agricultural shows.
If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact our Sheep Chairman, Kevin Hammersley on 01270624496.