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Glendale Agricultural Society launches new sheep flock competition


Glendale Agricultural Society has announced details of a new competition aimed at maximising returns and potential from sheep flocks. The GAS Flock Competition, which will take place in mid-August, is unique to the North, and will see farmers judged on the quality of their flock management as well their ability to get the most out of the flock. ADVERTISING One of a number of major initiatives being launched by the society this year, the competition stemmed from the organisation’s general focus on sheep farming throughout 2015.

The industry, it says, forms an integral part of Northumbrian life, and thus it wanted to bring both farmers and wider community together in celebration of the heritage Glendale owes to it. The contest will be judged by Charlie Walker, a finalist in the 2012 Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year, with prizes to presented at Glendale Show.

Entrants will be judged on how effectively they manage their flock, taking into account farm type, size and management practices.

Cash prizes will be awarded for:

* Best Overall Flock

*Highly Commended (Large Flock)

* Highly Commended (Small Flock)

* Commended (Large Flock)

* Commended (Small Flock)

Ian Murray, one of the livestock stewards and joint organiser of the Flock Competition, said: “It doesn’t matter if you are a pedigree breeder, or a shepherd with a commercial flock - its 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.”

Visits undertaken by the judging team will last an average of 1.5 hours, with entrants being asked to present one individual field of sheep for judging.

The competition sponsored by long-term supporters of the society, Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group, as well as feed producers Harbro.

John MacFarlane, one of the Farm Directors at Alnorthumbria, said: “As an event we regularly attend and sponsor, the Glendale Show which is a red letter day in the calendar of many of our clients. “The vets in attendance always thoroughly enjoy the day and it is well received. “As such we are delighted to sponsor the new Flock Competition. “There really is a natural synergy between what we do and the new venture; we provide local farmers with tailored flock plans and this competition is all about the efficiency of a flock, which is a process we assist with.”

Harbro marketing manager Rebecca Ingram added: “Harbro is delighted to be sponsoring the Glendale Agricultural Society Flock Competition. “It is a great opportunity for farmers to showcase their flock and receive recognition for their hard work over the year.”

Active for over 100 years, Glendale Agricultural Society attracts over 15,000 people every year to the Glendale Show. Those interested in entering should contact Ian Murray on 07711 478813 or email on ian.murray@farming.co.uk.


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