Final call issued for flock contest

Glendale Agricultural Society Flock Management Competition joint organiser Ian Murray.
Glendale Agricultural Society Flock Management Competition joint organiser Ian Murray.
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Last-minute entries are being invited for a Northumberland contest to find the top of the flocks.

A new competition has been launched by Glendale Agricultural Society to recognise farmers making the most of their flock’s potential.

Entrants will be asked to present one field of sheep for judging, with assessment taking about 90 minutes and taking into account farm type, size and management practices.

Farmers have until tomorrow to register to take part.

Competition joint organiser Ian Murray said: “It doesn’t matter if you are a pedigree breeder or a shepherd with a commercial flock, it’s how you get the most out of your flock that we are looking for.

“Entries are being judged on the steps taken by the farmer to maximise the opportunities for their flock across a range of aspects.”

The contest, which is free to enter, will be judged by Charlie Walker, a finalist in the Farmers’ Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year 2012 competition.

Cash prizes will be awarded for best overall flock, highly commended (large), highly commended (small), commended (large), and commended (small).

The presentation will be made at Glendale Show on the August bank holiday.

Anyone interested in entering the competition should contact Mr Murray on 07711 478813, or by email to ian.murray@farming.co.uk