YORKS SHOW: Sheep farming in spotlight

Yorkshire sheep farmers captured the public’s imagination with a pen of larger-than-life model sheep.

The National Farmers’ Union is seeking to drive home the message of the importance of the sheep sector in response to a difficult year for Yorkshire’s lamb producers.

It’s regional livestock board chairman Richard Findlay who farms near Whitby said several reasons were behind the recent price crash, currently averaging 60p per kilo down on last year.

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In particular the strong pound is making imports from countries like New Zealand very attractive while at the same time making exports difficult to achieve.

“As a result the fact that we have produced a higher than average number of lambs is exacerbating the situation, leaving everyone involved facing tough times.”

Show goers were encouraged to mingle with the sheep farmers in attendance to hear what was going on.