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Scotsheep Sale of Ewe Hoggs Set to Attract Strong Bidding

A total of 28 pairs of ewe hoggs of 16 breeds will be on offer at a novel auction sale of breeding sheep which will round off Scotland’s national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep 2014, on Wednesday June 4.

The biennial day-long Bank of Scotland-sponsored event organised by the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association is being hosted by farmers, John and Iain Macfarlane at Quixwood, Duns, Berwickshire, and is set to attract a large attendance of sheep farmers from throughout Scotland and the North of England.

Scotsheep 2012 from the air

Scotsheep 2012 from the air
© Robert Smith Photography

“This is the first time a sale of ewe hoggs has been held as part of Scotsheep and it will give prospective buyers a great opportunity to acquire high quality breeding stock from some of the top pedigree flocks in the country,” said David Leggat, executive chairman of United Auctions, who is chairman of the organising committee for the event.

The various breeds consigned by 22 exhibitors from Cumbria to Aberdeenshire will include Lleyn, Suffolk, Texel, Zwartbles, Kerry Hill, New Zealand Suffolk, Bluefaced Leicester, North Country Cheviot, Scottish Blackface, Mules, Scotch Mule, Shetland, South Country Cheviot, Easycare, Greyface and Rough Fell.

“The show will take place at 9.00am followed by the sale at 4.30pm and will provide a fitting end to a day devoted to all aspects of the sheep industry,” said Mr Leggat.

Features of the event will include a farm tour, breed society displays, trade stands, practical demonstrations, stockjudging, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing competition, Young Shepherd of the Year final and a comprehensive seminar programme covering CAP reform, animal health and nutrition and the marketing of lamb.

The official opening ceremony at 10.00am will be conducted by the Duke of Montrose, Hon President of the National Sheep Association.

NSA

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