Scotsheep heading for Grantshouse in June

It is the turn of the Borders to host Scotland’s biennial national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep, with thousands of sheep farmers from throughout the country are expected to descend on Quixwood Farm, Grantshouse, on Wednesday, June 4.

Quixwood, farmed by John Macfarlane and his son, Iain, is widely recognised as one of the best managed upland beef and sheep farms in the Borders, and is situated just off the A1 between Grantshouse and Duns.

Organised by the Scottish region of the National Sheep Association, with Bank of Scotland as main sponsor, Scotsheep is the main event for the sheep industry in Scotland.

“We have an excellent committee of local farmers working with the office-bearers of the NSA in Scotland in planning this large-scale on-farm event,” said organising committee chairman, David Leggat, executive chairman of Stirling-based auctioneers, UA.

“We can look forward to a first-class day of interest to sheep farmers and everyone in the supply chain. It is an event which no-one with an interest in sheep farming can afford to miss.”

The trade stand area is already a sell-out, with around 150 exhibitors demonstrating their products and services, along with more than 30 breed societies.

“Reform of the CAP is causing considerable uncertainty in the industry and NSA Scotsheep will provide an opportunity for sheep farmers to catch up with the latest developments and technology to help them plan ahead for a profitable future,” said Mr Leggat.

A comprehensive seminar programme offering advice and opinions on a range of topical issues from leading figures in the industry is likely to prove a major attraction.

The farm tour is always one of the most popular aspects of Scotsheep and visitors will be transported by tractor and trailer to view the farm and stock, with stop-off points where experts from SRUC will be on hand to discuss various aspects of the management of the farm.