Carl Stephenson, British Wool's English Northern Board Member

British Wool Looks to the Future at the Great Yorkshire Show


British Wool will be showcasing the work that it carries out on behalf of its wool producers at next week’s Great Yorkshire Show, which takes place in Harrogate from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th July.

Throughout the day, British Wool representatives will update visitors on recent improvements in the business that will deliver better value and service for producers as well as the latest wool values for this year’s clip.

Commenting ahead of the event, Carl Stephenson, regional board member for the North of England, said: “The Great Yorkshire Show is an important event for British Wool as it gives us the opportunity to meet our local producers face to face, and to update them on what British Wool is striving to achieve on their behalf.  Staff and board members will be available to answer any questions and we will be giving the latest information as to what producers can do themselves on farm to maximise the return on their clip.”

With shearing and fleeces very much at the forefront of the sheep industry at this time of year, the show’s fleece competition, one of the largest around, is being judged by Chris Rowan, Manager at British Wool’s Bradford grading depot on the Tuesday from 09:00.  This competition will again see the show’s champion fleece automatically qualifying for a place in the British Wool’s 2017 National Golden Fleece Competition in association with JG Animal Health.  This champion fleece will compete against entries from 13 other nominated shows, as well as successful fleeces entered by producers via the British Wool grading depots for a chance to win this prestigious title.

Shearing is a fundamental part of wool production and British Wool supports shearers at all levels, including supporting a number of the shearing classes at the show.

For many visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show, the shearing competition provides a real showcase of the skills required as Lauren Boulton, acting producer communications manager explains:

“Technical skill and speed is the key to competitive shearing and many of the British competitors here at the Yorkshire Show will have benefitted from British Wool shearing courses,” she said.

This year’s shearing competition will see New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith compete ahead of his record attempt in Cornwall later this month.  Rowland is preparing to take on the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ currently held by Leon Samuels from South Island, New Zealand when he sheared 605 ewes in eight hours in 2010.

The Great Yorkshire Show is a key event in the calendar for both British Wool and producers in the North of England.  It provides an opening to meet with those at the heart of the industry and to offer support and advice.  It is now more important than ever for farmers and industry bodies to work together to secure the future of British production.  Lauren Boulton, said:

“Agricultural shows are extremely important as they offer us a platform to communicate effectively with wool producers from across the regions.  They also give us the opportunity to discuss how we are improving your business, to discuss the latest wool market values and to demonstrate to you how you can add value to your wool.”


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Carl Stephenson, British Wool’s English Northern board member

British Wool Agricultural Show trade stand


For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact either Lauren Boulton, British Wool’s Acting Producer Communications Manager

07970 476300 or  laurenboulton@britishwool.org.uk or

Diane Keating on 01274 688666 or dianekeating@britishwool.org.uk

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