Yesterday was a long day off the farm, as I made the short trip South for the NSA North Sheep event in Cockermouth, Cumbria.
The event was held at Millstone Moor Farm, the home of Neil and Sally Marston and their North of England Mules and pedigree Blue-Faced Leicesters. The event was packed with all sorts of things to see and do, from farm tours and shearing competitions to seminars and trade stands.
It was great to see so many sheep breed societies at the event, especially as we are in the process of trying to decide which direction to take our flock and which tups will suit our needs best. The societies had plenty of literature on hand and even more time to talk to you about the benefits of their breeds, but nothing quite beats seeing sheep in the flesh. Luckily, a number of the societies had pens featuring tups and ewes with lambs at foot, giving you a visual example of everything the breed has to offer.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the Herdwick sheep on the Herdwick Society stand. Having seen, heard and read so much about the breed recently, it was nice to actually get to see some in the flesh. I have to admit, I came away quite taken with them!
The Marstons have a wonderful set up at Millstone Moor Farm and it was fantastic to see how they, and a whole host of other farmers and breeders do things. I came away with a whole host of big ideas and (unfortunately) an even bigger shopping list, but it was a really enjoyable day out.