NSA Scot Sheep 2016 Highlights
NSA Scotsheep will be the most important specialist event in the calendar for sheep producers in Scotland and the North of England this year.
In 2014 the event was held in Berwickshire (Attendance 6500) and at the Morrison Farm at Dumfries House (Attendance 8000).
There is much to see and do including over 150 trade stands, 44 sheep breed societies and individual breeder/company stands, farm tour of Blythbank, specialist seminars, working demonstrations, young shepherd of the year and stockjudging competitions, shearing competitions and demonstrations and show and sale of pairs of ewe hoggs.
The farm where Dolly The Sheep, the first cloned sheep in the world, was born in 2003, will be the venue for Scotland’s national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep 2016, this year.
The Campbell family of Glenrath Farms Ltd, through their farm partnership, J P Campbell and Sons, will host the event on behalf of NSA Scotland at Blythbank Farm, West Linton, Peeblesshire, on Wednesday June 1, 2016. The family acquired the farm from the Roslin Institute in 2004.
The farm is also famous as home to the first Texel sheep imported into the UK which were brought in from Ireland in 1970 by Dr John King of the Animal Breeding Research Organisation.
The 1300 acre farm, including 100 acres of trees, is part of the extensive farming operations of the Campbell family and is home to a flock of 2000 Scotch Mule ewes, 500 replacement Scotch Mule hoggs and 700 Blackface ewes along with 200 Limousin x Friesian and three-quarter Limousin suckler cows, a 10-cow pure-bred Charolais herd to breed replacement bulls, a flock of 40 Texel ewes to breed tups for use on the farm and 320,000 free range laying hens, with all eggs going to major retailers.
Blythbank is one of several farms owned by Glenrath Farms Ltd whose farming operation extends to 15,000 acres and is recognised as one of the most successful farming companies in the UK.
The company is the second largest egg producer in the UK, and by far the largest in Scotland, and a major supplier to supermarkets.