Future stars of the sheep show ring will be welcomed to a National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation workshop this month.

Taking place on 20th May, the practical workshop, ‘Preparing for show and sale success’, will offer young sheep farmers and those with an interest in pedigree breeding and showing the opportunity to hear and learn from industry experts by visiting a series of workshop stations covering each step needed to prepare your stock for show or sale.

NSA representatives alongside farm hosts and experienced and highly regarded sheep breeders the Sercombe family will lead the fun and interactive day at Sandlands Farm, Frisby on the Wreake, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2NS. The day is free to attend but places must be booked online by visiting www.nationalsheep.org.uk/events.

NSA Communications Manager Katie James comments: “The showing of pedigree stock at agricultural shows is for many a highlight of the year. It is a great opportunity to show off your livestock as well as a much-enjoyed time to socialise with farming friends and family. This workshop will give those yet to enjoy this pastime the skills and confidence to give it a go. But if the show ring is not for you this workshop will still pass on some useful advice on how to make the best of your stock and maximise success at future sales.”

Workshops to interest and engage attendees at the day will include sessions on nutrition and stock selection as well as show preparation and handling skills.

The day will begin at 10.30am welcoming everyone and introducing the day. Morning group workshops will then begin followed by a delicious FREE lunch before an afternoon of sheep trimming and advice on how best to present your sheep in the show ring to catch the judge’s eye.

Although the day is aimed at 16 to 35 year olds all ages will be welcome however under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on the day and to register your interest please visit the NSA website or contact enquiries@nationalsheep.org.uk.

The breeding and showing workshop will be the first in a series of interactive sessions aimed at the next generation of sheep farmers this spring, summer and autumn details of which will soon be shared on the NSA website also.

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