NSA Next Generation Shepherd Competition

Enthusiastic young sheep farmers will be welcomed to NSA Central Region Gathering to take part in the first of 2019's regional Next Generation Shepherds competitions.

The contest will see young sheep farmers, aged 26 and under, compete in a range of elements including shearing, lamb selection, medicine administration, ATV handling, ram MOT and a knowledge test of their knowledge of UK sheep farming and husbandry.

Kindly sponsored by The Texel Sheep Society, the competition not only provides the chance to win the prestigious title of NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year as the winner will qualify to represent NSA Central Region at the national finals in 2020 but also offers an impressive prize pot of £550 for successful competitors. First place will receive £275 plus a trophy, second place £150 and third place £75. There will be goodie bags on offer to competitors, as well as an additional prize of £50 for the highest placed under 21 competitor.

As well as experienced shepherds NSA is hoping to welcome keen young sheep farmers of the future with less experience as the contest can offer a valuable learning experience. Each element of the competition is judged by a person or people with a wealth of knowledge who will gladly share this separately to the competition element, so everyone can maximise the opportunity of participating on the day.

Young shepherds wising to enter the competition can download an entry form below.

Please send completed forms to the postal or email address on the entry form or for further enquiries please email [email protected] 

As well as sponsorship by the Texel Sheep Society, other NSA supporters from the sheep sector will be involved in the successful organisation of the competition. NSA Central Region extends thanks to Reaseheath College for assistance with delivery of the competition on the day, British Wool and Horner Shearing for support of the shearing component and Suzuki UK for provision of ATVs in the ATV handling contest.