Next Generation Shepherd Competitions

The NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year Competition is a chance for anyone aged 26 and under to show off their sheep farming skills. Each NSA region runs one competition over a two-year period. The top two contestants from each regional round qualify for the national final at NSA Sheep Event at Three Counties Showground, which is held biennially in July.

NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year competitions are hands-on and practical. Contestants are required to demonstrate lamb classification, handling, vaccination and dosing techniques, shearing/clipping and to put an ATV through its paces. There is also a written or verbal test on flock management and health issues.

Finalists are regularly invited to attend European and World Young Shepherd events, to compete against students and young people from other countries. The four UK nations have an exceptional track record in these competitions, with NSA, Eblex and others supporting their travel overseas.

NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year Competitions will be held this year at:

NSA Welsh Sheep - Tuesday 16th May, Talybont- on-Usk, Brecon, Powys. Application forms available here

NSA Highland Sheep - Wednesday 31st May, Strathpeffer. Application forms available here

NSA North Sheep - Wednesday 7th June, Tow Law, County Durham. Application forms available here

NSA Sheep South West - Tuesday 20th June, Tiverton, Devon. Application forms available here

NSA Sheep Northern Ireland - Monday 3rd July, Ballymena, County Antrim. Application forms available here