Welcome to the South Sheep 2018 website.
Here you will find all the latest information and links necessary to learn how we are working hard to deliver an exciting event to include a variety of new attractions along with keynote seminars, competitions and an array of trade and breed exhibitors.
Click here for details on the Next Generation Programme & Registration and entry forms for the Young Shepherd Competitions.
Event Chairman’s Message
I am delighted to be this year's Event Chairman and would like to welcome you to South Sheep 2018. You will see we have made two fundamental changes to this year's event notably that we are for the first time holding it in the Autumn, a much quieter time for most of us, and that we have chosen an agricultural showground for our venue with the obvious advantages of access and facilities that this offers.
One of our challenges in the South East region is to ensure that we cater for the hugely diverse farming population and we aim to cater for those managing and shepherding both large and small flocks, lambing a great variety of breeds at various times of year and for those with a major interest in engaging with the public.
Our theme " Investing for a sustainable future" is particularly pertinent in these changing and uncertain times when many of us will be forced to reconsider our farming and marketing strategies and put even greater emphasis on environmental considerations.
My wife Zoe and I are County Council tenants at the Seven Sisters Country Park near Eastbourne. We farm around 500 acres of unimproved chalk downland all of which is in countryside stewardship. We keep a few Belted Galloway cattle and lamb approximately 750 Welsh and improved Welsh ewes. All replacements are homebred.
Finally and most importantly as some of us start to get a bit grey at the temples it is up to us to put great effort into promoting and supporting our young future shepherds. The years of work we have put in will soon be in their hands. I wish you all an enjoyable and informative day
Best wishes, Sam Stanisstreet