The breeding sheep sales which take place in the Autumn are up for discussion at a meeting taking place next week.
It is an open meeting for all breeding sheep producers and is being hosted by auctioneers and agents, Richardson and Smith.
All aspects of the sales are up for debate and topics are expected to include sales dates, shows, judging, away purchasers, promotion and advertising.
It is also hoped that the feedback will help shape the re-structuring of the sales held annually at Ruswarp Mart in a bid to attract more vendors and larger numbers of quality breeding sheep produced in the area.
The meeting, being held in the Salmon Leap at Sleights on Thursday at 8pm with light supper, is being supported by the Black Faced Sheep Breeders’ Association and the North York Moors Quality Sheep Association.
Partner at Richardson and Smith, Ian Halley said: “The quality of breeding sheep produced in this area is unquestioned.
“Unfortunately since the demise of the local outdoor sales at Castleton, Glaisdale and Goathland, to name but a few, many of the quality gimmer lambs and gimmer shearlings produced in this district are taken to sales further afield.
“We feel that with the quality of the product, together with the commitment of the local associations, that the breeding sheep sales programme at Ruswarp Market can be overhauled and drastically improved, to so offer a market place which will be supported by local sheep producers, to therefore save themselves additional expenses in transporting their stock out of the area”.
The meeting is anticipated to attract a large audience and is open to all sheep producers.
Hopefully with their support, these sales will become an established feature of the autumn sales programme.
The meeting starts at 8pm and a light supper will be provided.