A pioneering competition has been launched to put the focus on flocks.
Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) has announced a unique contest that will judge farmers on their flock management and ability to maximise its potential.
Entrants will be judged in mid-August by Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year finalist Charlie Walker.
He will look at how effectively flocks are managed, taking account of farm type, size and practices.
Judging visits will last about an hour-and-a-half and entrants will be asked to present one field of sheep for assessment.
Prizes will be presented at Glendale Show, held in Wooler on the August bank holiday weekend, with cash awards for Best Overall Flock, Highly Commended, large and small, and Commended, large and small.
Joint competition 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 judged on the steps taken by the farmer to maximise the opportunities for their flock across a range of aspects.”
The GAS Flock Competition is sponsored by Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group and feed producers Harbro, and ties in with the Chinese Year of the Sheep.
Alnorthumbria Farm Director John MacFarlane said: “There really is a natural synergy between what we do and the new venture. We provide farmers with tailored flock plans and this competition is about the efficiency of a flock, which is a process we assist with.”
Entry is free. Anyone interested in taking part in the contest should contact Ian Murray on 07711 478813, or email firstname.lastname@example.org