Rare primitive breeds new to sheep section

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Todmorden Agricultural Society is busy preparing for the forthcoming 2015 show which takes place on Centre Vale Park on Saturday, June 20.

The sheep section is seeing a year on year increase in entries of good quality stock from renowned breeders.

New for this year is a primitive breeds section which is open to primitive sheep breeds as specified by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, namely Boreay, Castlemilk Moorit, Hebridean,Manx Loaghton, North Ronaldsay,Shetland and Soay.

There are the usual open classes for native and continental sheep, whilst the Texels’ and Lonks’ have their own breed section.

A growing number of youngsters are participating in the recently introduced Young Handlers Section.

Anyone wishing to enter sheep can obtain full details of classes from the sheep section on the show website, where schedules can be downloaded.

Entries close on Saturday, June 13. It is important to adhere to the date as any late entries on the day will incur an extra charge.

l The cattle section provides classes for native beef breeds including, Herefords, Beef Shorthorns, Aberdeen Angus and more, while continental cattle include Limousins and British Blues. There are also Commercial Beef, Dairy Cows and Young Handlers Classes. Entries averaging around 60 cattle are housed in a 100ft tent and shown in two rings. Showing is from 10.30 am to 2pm.