The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced the 2015 winner of the highly regarded George Hedley Memorial Award as Julie Sedgewick from County Durham.
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Julie has been singled out for the award recognising individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the sheep industry.
Julie says: “It was a great honour to have even been nominated for this prestigious award, and to be informed I have now won is just so exciting.
“To win an award for being involved with something that I have a great passion for is even more special. I must thank my family and the many sheep farming families whose help and support over the last 25 years has enabled me to achieve what I have.”
Born into a farming family, sheep have always been a passion for Julie. Be it breeding, showing or promoting sheep, she has dedicated much of her life to the industry and will step down as NSA Northern Region Manager after 27 years’ service in February.
Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, says: “The effect of Julie’s work is clear to see. She will leave her beloved NSA Northern Region with a host of dedicated and enthusiastic sheep farmers who have witnessed many changes and challenges over the years. These challenges will continue and I have no doubt our farmers will adapt and continue as a prosperous sheep production region that is vitally important to the UK industry.”
The Hedley Memorial Award will be presented at the NSA Sheep Event, held on Wednesday 27th July at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire. Nominations for the 2016 award will be accepted later this year.