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Regional Council Member


April 2021

My name is Claire Bentham,

I live in the small village of Long Preston, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I have been involved with sheep most of my life, and though not farm bred ( born in Saltaire, deepest darkest West Yorkshire) I am definitely farm reared, spending childhood holidays on a family friend’s Hill farm where I eventually became shepherdess and land girl!

I have owned and bred my own pedigree Jacob Flock since 2013, 10 breeding ewes plus followers. An intimate number which can be managed nicely, I work full time and have my own Dog Grooming business. My sheep provide my life with the comforting routine of animal care and husbandry, as well as the social pleasure of showing, sale ring buzz and the constant strive to improve every year.

I look forward to my new role with the Northern Region with enthusiasm. After more than a year of everyone being confined to the folds, I know we can all anticipate the excitement of turnout with keen energy and fresh ideas. It will be wonderful to get together with friends again, meet new people, and experience live interaction.

Here’s hoping that zooming will soon be in the past!


Tel - 01729 841188 / 07864 853066

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