22nd April 2019

Sheep breeders from throughout Scotland – and particularly from the Highlands and Islands – will have the opportunity of showing and selling pairs of ewe hoggs at a special multi-breed show and sale to be held at NSA Highland Sheep 19 in Caithness on Wednesday, June 12.

This year’s biennial event, organised by NSA Scotland, is being hosted by the Sutherland family at Sibmister Farm, Murkle, Thurso, Caithness, and is set to attract a large attendance of sheep farmers from all over Scotland.

The sale of pairs of ewe hoggs has been a regular feature of NSA Highland Sheep and NSA Scotsheep events since first being introduced at the first NSA Highland Sheep at Dingwall Mart in 2013.

“The show and sale will provide an opportunity for breeders to show-case their top ewe hoggs,” said Willie Budge, Achalone Farm, Watten, Caithness, chairman of the NSA Highland Sheep organising committee. “The sale has attracted strong buying interest at previous NSA Highland Sheep events and four-figure prices have been achieved.”

The sale, which will be conducted by Aberdeen and Northern Marts, is open to ewe hoggs born in 2018 with either MV or non-MV accreditation and will feature seven classifications -  Mules, North Country Cheviot (Hill), North Country Cheviot (Park), Scottish Blackface, any other native breed, any other Continental breed and any cross-bred.

The entry fee is £25 per pair (plus VAT) and prize money of £50 for a first, £25 for second and £10 for third is on offer, plus £100 for the overall champion. Judge will be Charles Angus, Oldfield Farm, Thurso. Closing date for entries is Friday May 10.

All sheep entered for the show must be offered for the sale and prize winners not sold will forfeit their prize money. Sellers may offer to take ewe hoggs home after the sale and buyers will have 14 days to collect their purchases from the seller’s farm.

“Entries for the show and sale may have to be limited and I would urge prospective exhibitors to get their entries in early,” said Mr Budge.

Further information, including sponsorship and trade stand opportunities, can be obtained from Euan Emslie, Organiser, NSA Highlandsheep 2019, E-mail: [email protected] or mobile: 07718 908523.



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