NSA Scotsheep to be held in June
Trade stand applications are pouring in for Scotland's national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep 2008, which is to be held on a Borders farm on June 4.
The biennial event is organised by the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association with Bank of Scotland Corporate as the main sponsor.
Host farmers for this year's event are Ian and Katherine Hepburn, and their sons, John, Adam and Gregor, on their 1607 acres hill and upland farm of Northhouse, Teviotheads, Hawick. The closing date for trade stands is January 31, and the local organising committee is keen to encourage both national and local organisations with an interest in the sheep industry to attend.
"Scotsheep is a major event for the Borders and the Scottish sheep industry and is again on target to attract around 200 trade stands," said committee chairman, Jack Clark, managing director of St Boswells' auctioneers, John Swan Ltd.
"The Borders area is a reservoir of sheep breeding stock for the rest of the country and thousands of sheep farmers from all over Scotland and the North of England - and from further afield - will be descending on Northhouse to view one of the Borders' top sheep farms and catch up with all the latest technical developments and marketing trends in the industry.
"It is a "must attend" event for all sheep farmers and presents a unique opportunity to agricultural suppliers to present their products and services to a large captive audience."
Features of Scotsheep will include a farm tour, demonstrations by sheep breed societies, comprehensive seminar programme, ATV competition, sheep dog trial, sheep shearing, stockjudging, Young Shepherd of the Year award, educational exhibits and extensive trade stand area.
Northhouse Farm is widely recognised for the production of quality livestock from its flock of 1850 ewes and 130 beef suckler cows. The sheep flock comprises 950 Lairg-type North Country Cheviot ewes and small pedigree flocks of Suffolk and Texel.
Scotsheep is held in different areas of Scotland every two years and was last held in the Borders at Flass, Gordon, Berwickshire, in 1995.