Farmers, are your sheep the top of the flocks?

Ian Murray, Glendale Agricultural Society's head livestock steward.
Ian Murray, Glendale Agricultural Society's head livestock steward.

The search is on for the top of the flocks.

Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) has announced details of its flock competition, which is aimed at highlighting the tremendous sheep enterprises across north Northumberland.

Sheep are an integral part of Northumberland farming and this competition gives farmers the opportunity to showcase their flocks and to demonstrate how they maximise returns and potential from their sheep.

Sponsored by Harbro Ltd, the competition has two categories, large and small flock, with a first and second prize for each. The overall winner will receive the Fox Family Trophy.

Judging will take place the week commencing July 9, with the prizes presented at Glendale Show on Monday, August 27.

The competition will be judged by Mark Gray, of Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert, Co Durham, who farms and operates a flock of 2,000 commercial sheep.

Organiser and GAS head livestock steward Ian Murray said: “As a society, which built its foundations on showing sheep when it was established over 125 years ago and continues to do so today, we really feel that it is important to highlight the work of the people within the industry and that is exactly what this competition is intended to do.

“This competition is open to all sheep farmers across Northumberland, so we are really keen to hear from pedigree breeders, commercial sheep farmers and shepherds with a commercial flock. It is how you get the most out of your flock that we are looking for.”

Entrants will be judged on the presentation, standard of the stock, stockmanship and how effectively they manage their flock. The judges will look at steps taken by the farmer to maximise the opportunities for their flock, how the flock integrates into the whole farm business and the flock’s overall commercial performance and profitability.

To enter, contact Ian Murray on 07711 478813 or by email at ian.murray@farming.co.uk
The inaugural GAS flock competition, held in 2015, saw large flock and overall winner being awarded to Charlie Armstrong and shepherd Mark Goldosky, at Fenton and Doddington.