This year’s Blacknose sheep beauty show will be held at H&H Borderway Mart in Carlisle on 23-24 August. This year’s event will be hosted by the Valais Sheep Society and will see over 200 animals put on display. This will be the largest number of animals put on display in the history of show since its inception in 2014.
Blacknose Sheep society was founded in 2014 by Jamie Wood, Jenni McAllister and Raymond Irvine. The society has expanded in leaps and bounds to reach over 1oo breeders. This year’s event promises to be the largest Blacknose sheep show featuring over 200 animals.
Last year’s supreme champion, Highland Eric, will defend his title in a hotly contested race that will feature many new entrants. Some of Highland Eric’s offspring that performed well in last year’s event are also expected to make a comeback this year.
Judges Laurent Egger and Philipp Trupher from Switzerland will represent Schafzuchtverband and Oberwalliser Schwarznasen which is the sheep breeders association from Upper Valais. The judges are expected to use the adopted points’ system from Valais to find out which animals observe the highest breed standards.
During the two days of the event, attendants will have the opportunity to participate in various activities such as needle felting workshops, mingle with farmers, enjoy the many trade stalls and enjoy delicacies from a public BBQ which will be held on Friday 23 August at 7pm.
Participant will also be given a rare opportunity to buy Blacknose sheep breed. The society hopes to beat last year’s sale which saw 74 Blacknose Valais sheep auctioned. Members of the public attending the event will have free admission and free parking. However, for needle felting workshops, pre-registration is required from participants.