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Ewe Hogg Show and Sale to Feature at NSA Highlandsheep

A multi-breed show and sale of pairs of breeding ewe hoggs, which was a highly successful innovation at Highland Sheep in 2013 and at Scotsheep last year, is to be repeated at this year’s NSA Highland Sheep 2015 to be held at Fearn Farm, Tain, Ross-shire, on Tuesday, June 9.

The sale will be open to ewe hoggs born in 2014 with either MV or non-MV accreditation and classes will be offered for eight breeds of Highland Mules, North Country Cheviot (Hill), North Country Cheviot (Park), Scottish Blackface, Suffolk, Texel, any other native breed and any other Continental breed.

John Scott host of NSA Highland Sheep 2015

John Scott host of NSA Highland Sheep 2015

Exhibitors must be fully paid up members of the National Sheep Association and the entry fee is £25 per pair (plus VAT). Prize money of £50 for a first, £25 for second and £10 for third is on offer. Closing date for entries is Friday, May 22.

All sheep entered for the show must be offered for the sale which will be conducted by Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd.

Last year’s sale at NSA Scotsheep achieved a complete clearance with a top price of 1800gns each for a pair of Texel ewe hoggs from Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, with North Country Cheviot (Park) selling to 1200gns and New Zealand Suffolk to 1100gns.

“The sale has been very successful over the past two years, attracting huge ringside interest, and will give buyers a rare opportunity to source high quality breeding stock of the major sheep breeds in Scotland,” said NSA Scotland chairman, Sybil Macpherson.

“Entries for the show and sale may have to be limited and I would urge prospective exhibitors to start thinking about what they might want to enter and get their entries in early.”

NSA Highlandsheep is being organised as a special event for sheep farmers in the Highlands and Islands and will be hosted by the Scott family who are the current holders of the UK Sheep Farmer of the Year title and run flocks of 4200 commercial and pedigree sheep.

The event will feature trade and sheep breed society stands, a comprehensive seminar programme, practical demonstrations, educational exhibits, a sheep dog trial, various competitions, farmers’ market, meat cutting/cookery demonstrations and other events of relevance to sheep farmers.


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