Date: 7th June 2023
Location: Bradford House Farm, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 0HA
Following the disappointing postponement from 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic NSA North Sheep will next be held on Wednesday 7th June 2023, kindly hosted by JE Woodman & Son at its Bradford House Farm near Ponteland in Northumberland.
JE Woodman & Son is a farming enterprise headed up by noted livestock farmer Willie Woodman. In hosting this event, Willie, who farms with his wife Christine and son Martin will provide a glimpse into a traditional Northumberland farm. The 2130 acres they farm are located at two bases, 30 miles apart, and include the 930 acres Bradford House Farm near Ponteland and 1,200 acres Great Chesters, a hill farm in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall.
Organised by the Northern Regional Committee of the NSA, NSA North Sheep is a showcase for all sectors of the sheep industry and a key date in the diary for the thousands of people who attend. With hundreds of trades stands, a series of seminars, and dozens of demonstrations this is an event which encompasses all aspects of the sheep farming industry. With the Woodman’s sheep farming enterprise focussing on producing top quality prime lambs which are sold at Hexham Mart, the farm tour will be highly anticipated and form an integral part of the day.
Bradford Farm, is a traditional mid Northumberland livestock and arable farm purchased by the Woodman family in 2002 to complement Great Chesters. Today it is home to a lowland flock, of 250 Mule ewes and 200 Texel cross ewes and it is a base to grow wheat, barley, oilseed rape and beans. The sheep flock at Great Chesters comprises 700 Blackface ewes, 250 are bred to the blackface for replacements ewe lambs, the other 500 are put to the Blue Faced Leicesters to breed mule lambs. In addition, the Woodman’s have 270 cattle, mainly Limousin crosses with a few British Blue crosses, with 50 to 60 bulling heifers. The overall sheep farming enterprise is self-sufficient with the exception of some bought in tups, usually sourced from Hexham Mart.