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, AHDB  and others supporting their travel overseas.

NSA Next Generation Shepherd of the Year Competitions will be held during 2019 at:

NSA Central Region Early Gathering - Thursday 24th January, Bakewell Market, Bakewell, Derbyshire,  DE45 1AH 

NSA Welsh Sheep - Tuesday 21st May, Glynliffon College, Caernarfon, .LL54 5DU.

NSA North Sheep - Wednesday 5th June, Frankland Farms, Rathmell, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0AJ

NSA Highland Sheep - Wednesday 12th June, Sydmitser Farms, Thurso, Caithness

NSA Sheep South West - Tuesday 18th June, Southcott, Burrington, Devon, EX37 9LF

NSA Sheep Northern Ireland - Monday 1st July, Ballymena Livestock Market, County Antrim, BT42 4QJ