Pupils from primary schools in North Aberdeenshire and Moray are
being given the opportunity of learning all about sheep at Scotland’s
national sheep event.
Scotsheep 2006 is being staged at Wellheads, Huntly, courtesy
of host farmer, John Gordon, on Wednesday, June 7.
It is being organised by the Scottish Region of the National Sheep
Association with Bank of Scotland Corporate as major sponsor.
Provision is being made for up to 300 primary school pupils to
attend the event as part of the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative’s
on-going education programme with schools.
School groups will be taken on a conducted tour of the farm by
a team of experienced stewards and various competitions and quizzes
are being devised for their education and entertainment.
“We want the children to have an enjoyable day out while
learning about the countryside and the environment and how their
food is produced, with particular emphasis on Scotch lamb” said
former RNCI chairman, Jim Arbuckle, who is education convener for
“Children will have the opportunity of seeing ewes and lambs
in their natural environment and there will also be a demonstration
of wool spinning and weaving.”
Free transport and entry to the event is being provided by NSA
Scotland and a dedicated education and information centre will
provide seating for the children to enjoy their packed lunch – and
a free ice cream kindly provided by Rizza’s of Huntly. There
will also be an animal viewing area with hand-washing facilities.
The livestock on the farm at the time of the event will comprise
820 ewes and lambs and 230 beef cows and calves and other features
will include various conservation and forestry projects, including
new hedges and two ponds created for wildlife.
Other aspects of Scotsheep of interest to children will include
displays of 28 breeds of sheep, sheepdog trials, sheep shearing
and various practical demonstrations on sheep handling.
Schools wishing to attend Scotsheep are strongly advised to book
now as places are limited and applications will be accepted on
a first come, first served basis. The visit is open to all pupils
from Primary 4 upwards.
Application should be made by MAY 3 to Ms Donna
W Anderson, Education Assistant, Royal Northern Countryside Initiative,
Glack, Castle Fraser, Inverurie. AB51 7LJ.
of Scotland to Sponsor Scotsheep 2006
Scotsheep to return to Aberdeenshire In 2006
the Grade with Lambs