NSA Scotland and local NSA Scotsheep Organising Committee would like to take this opportunity to invite your company to book trade stand space and consider sponsorship at NSA SCOTSHEEP 2024 which will be held at Aikengall Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1SG courtesy of the Hamilton family, on Wednesday 5th June.

NSA Scotsheep is a biennial event organised by NSA Scotland and will be the most important specialist event in the calendar for sheep producers in Scotland and North of England this year. In 2022 the event was held at Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, Dundee (Attendance of 8000, postponed from 2020 due to Covid), In 2018 at Kings Arms Farm, Ballantrae (Attendance 5000), in 2016 at Glenrath Farms, Peeblesshire (Attendance of 8,000), in 2014 at Quickswood Farms, Berwickshire (Attendance 6500) and in 2012 at Dumfries House, Cumnock (Attendance 8000).

The 2024 event will follow the successful format developed over recent years and will include an extensive trade stand area with approximately 160 commercial and educational trade stands, 40 sheep breed societies trade stands/demonstrations; farm tour; comprehensive seminar and workshop programme; educational and working demonstrations; sheep dog trial; show and sale of pairs of ewe hoggs; fencing, stockjudging and NSA Next Generation Shepherd of The Year competitions as well as inviting schoolchildren from local schools in the East Lothian area to attend through the Royal Highland Educational Trust.

Since taking on Aikenagall farm where its 1900 acres (770ha) on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills, rise from 900 to 1200ft, the Hamilton family has extended their farming interests, incorporating the neighbouring 400 acre (160ha) farm of Thurston Mains in 2004, taking on the tenancy of the 1200 acres (485ha) farming unit of Nunraw farm at Garvald in 2010 and the 600 acre (240ha) farm of Barney Mains, Near Haddington, in 2022.

The Hamiltons also contract farm an upland unit of 2000 acres (800ha) at Heriot, Midlothian with the Walgate family. This has helped them grow their business and run over the farming units 2800 breeding ewes and a commercial herd of suckler cows, finishing all progeny on home grown feed and breeding replacements on a closed flock/herd basis, only buying in tups and bulls as required.

The Hamilton’s lamb 1400 head each year at Aikengall, comprising 700 Blackface ewes bred pure for replacements, with the remaining 700 Blackface ewes crossed to the Bluefaced Leicester for producing Scotch Mules, where the females are retained for breeding. 1400 Scotch Mule ewes are put to the Texel tup and lambed at Nunraw in March. The farms also support a beef enterprise of 900 spring calving commercial cows, based on the Simmental breed using Simmental, Lincoln Red and latterly Aberdeen Angus bulls. Progeny that isn’t suitable for breeding is finished on the farms and sold deadweight.

The NSA and local organising committee feels that this is a major opportunity for you to meet sheep and beef producers and looks forward to your involvement at this year’s event.The closing date for stand and sponsorship applications is FRIDAY 1ST MARCH 2024.

You will be able to book your stand space and or consider sponsorship now by clicking on the Apply Online box below

If you have any questions before booking the stand or sponsorship online, please do not hesitate to contact the organiser.

Euan Emslie Tel: 07902 540985 Email: euanemslie053@gmail.com