The North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere is the site this weekend for the annual Canadian Sheep Classic Show and Sale. The event is held in communities all across Canada, the last few years being hosted in Drake, Sask, Richmond, Que., Calgary, AB, and Nova Scotia. The Show and Sale will take place June 28, 29 and 30.
The Sheep Classic will be a gathering place for more than 60 top breeders from across the country to showcase, exchange information and conduct business on world-class sheep and genetics. This year there are reportedly only two Canadian provinces that will not have animals participating in the competition.
More than 350 head of sheep will compete for top honours in their breed, and for supreme titles. Opening ceremonies and educational demos start Friday, at 12 noon, as well as a trade show.
Saturday is show day, starting at 10 a.m., and the trade show will also be open Saturday and Sunday. The show includes the market lamb class, and fleece competition.
The Classic will culminate with an auction sale of all the sheep on Sunday, June 30, at 10 a.m. in the North Thompson Agriplex. The public are welcome to attend throughout the weekend.
In 2013, this signature event is sponsored by the British Columbia Purebred Sheep Association. It presents an opportunity for local and national sheep producers the opportunity to see, sell and buy some of the best stock Canada has to offer.
For more information about the event schedule and the British Columbia Sheep Breeders Association go to: http://www.bcsheep.com/index.htm