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NSA Scotsheep Shaping Up to be the Best Ever

NSA Scotsheep 2008 is shaping up to be the best ever with 140 trade stands booked and a record 40 sheep breed displays confirmed.


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Organised by NSA Scotland with Bank of Scotland Corporate as major sponsor, this year’s event takes place on Wednesday, June 4, on the farm of Northhouse, Teviothead, Hawick, Roxburghshire, courtesy of host farmers, Ian and Katherine Hepburn, and their sons, John, Adam and Gregor.

“NSA Scotsheep, held every two years, is now well established as the major event for the sheep industry in Scotland,” said Jack Clark, managing director of John Swan Ltd, who is chairman of the local organising committee.

“This year’s event is attracting tremendous support from sponsors, trade stand exhibitors and breed societies which will bring thousands of sheep farmers to the Borders – one of the principal sources of supply of breeding stock to all parts of the UK - and ensure another first-class event for the Scottish sheep industry.”

Mr Clark said the welcome resurgence of confidence in the sheep industry following the strong spring trade for hoggs should be reflected through increased interest from producers seeking to glean all the latest technical and marketing information to help them improve the efficiency and profitability of their sheep enterprises.

He paid tribute to sponsors, trade stand exhibitors and sheep breed societies whose support was vital to the success of the event.

“NSA Scotsheep will be the place to be to catch up with all the latest developments and trends in the sheep industry and we are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from all sections of the industry,” said Mr Clark.

Features of NSA Scotsheep will include a farm tour, seminar programme, sheep dog trials, stockjudging competition, farmers’ market, and demonstration of electronic identification,

In addition to Bank of Scotland Corporate as major sponsor, mainline sponsors are Agri-Lloyd International, Buccleuch Group, McCreath, Simpson and Prentice, Schering-Plough/Intervet, John Swan Ltd, Quality Meat Scotland, Rumenco and Shearwell Data.

National sponsors include BOCM Pauls, Caltech, Carrs Billington Agriculture, Davidson Bros (Shotts), Dunbia Llanybydder, Harrison and Hetherington, Novartis Animal Health, Scotbeef and United Auctions while Border Machinery Ring, Bryce Suma Postdrivers, Cumberland and Dumfries-shire Farmers Mart, Farmstock, Harbro, Hexham and Northern Marts, Ritchey, Robinsons Scotland, Stewart Agricultural and Tagmaster, have been confirmed as local sponsors.

Other sponsors supporting the event in various ways include Bear Scotland, R H Millar, Norbrook Laboratories, Portequip and Solway Re-cycling.

Demonstration pens have been booked by the following sheep breed societies – Beltex, Blackface, Bluefaced Leicester, Border Leicester, British Berricon Du Cher, British Dorper, British Rouge, Charollais, Cheviot, Dalesbred, Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset, Easy Care, Hampshire Down, Hebridean, Highlands and Islands Sheep Health, Highland Mule, Ile de France, Jacob, Lleyn, M P Butler Sheep Display, Meatlinc, National Sheep Association, North Country Cheviot, North of England Mule, Oxford Down, Rissington Breedline Scotland, Rough Fell, Scotch Mule, Shetland, Shropshire, Suffolk, Swaledale, Teeswater, Texel, Thomas Whiteford Sheep Display, Welsh Mule, Wensleydale Longwool, Wiltshire Horn and Zwartbles.

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