Following on from the success of the 2020 virtual show season combined with the ongoing uncertainty of this year's show, the Beltex Sheep Society is running its virtual show season again in 2021.

Although some events have been cancelled and others hope to go ahead, the virtual show season will include all 10 shows covered last year plus the Royal Norfolk to enable breeders and exhibitors in the East of England to take part.

The shows will provide light-hearted fun, and there will again be prize cards and cash up for grabs for the winners.

There is no entry fee but exhibitors can send a donation to the society or forgo their prize money, which will then be passed on to the society’s chosen charity.

These shows will be held on their traditional date regardless of whether the show is actually going ahead or not, and judges will be confirmed in due course.

The Royal Highland virtual show will be held on the Friday as is the typical Beltex judging day, and the Great Yorkshire virtual judging will take place on the Thursday so as not to clash with the physical Great Yorkshire judging.

There will also be a virtual progeny show near the end of the season which will include classes for groups of lambs by the same sire, groups of breeding ewes and shearlings, as well as commercial classes for prime lambs and stock ewes, and some much-requested young handlers classes.

Major shows include:

Wed May 12 Balmoral Judge: Andrew Baillie, Callacrag

Thu June 10 Royal Cornwall Judge: Anne Story, Borderesk

Fri June 11 Royal Three Counties Judge: Grant Anderson, Topflite

Fri June 18 Royal Highland Judge: Wade McCrabbe, Ardstewart

Wed June 30 Royal Norfolk Judge: Adrian Evans, Bancycrwys

Thurs July 15 Great Yorkshire Judge: John Scott, Fearn

Sat July 17 Penrith Judge: John Harbinson, Glenkeen

Mon July 19 Royal Welsh Judge: Richard Wood, Kingledores

National shows – exhibitors must members

Sat Jun 12 Welsh National Judge: Jim Kennedy, Lyonpark

Sat Jul 3 Irish National Judge: Adrian Roberts, Cynin

Sat Aug 6 Scottish National Judge: Bruce Mair, Aviemore

For more information, see society website.