2nd November 2020
NSA Scotsheep 2020 which should have been held back at the beginning of June but postponed due to Covid-19, will now be held on Thursday 27th May 2021 by kind permission of Robert and Hazel McNee, at Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, By Dundee.
Plans for the event were well advanced prior to postponement and all the attractions put in place for sheep and beef farmers will feature at next year’s event, including the 166 commercial, educational and breed society exhibitors and sponsors who kindly deferred there booking until the new date.
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 next year. In 2018 the event was held 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 event will follow the successful format developed over recent years and will include an extensive trade stand area with commercial and educational trade stands, sheep breed societies trade stands/demonstrations, farm tour, comprehensive seminar programme, educational and working demonstrations, sheep dog trial, show and sale of pairs of ewe hoggs, farmers market stalls, stockjudging and NSA Next Generation Shepherd of The Year competitions as well as inviting schoolchildren from local schools in Angus and Dundee to attend through the Royal Highland Educational Trust.
The McNee family own Over Finlarg Farm which extends to 740 acres and also graze a neighbouring heather hill and rent 40 acres of seasonal grazing on a nearby farm. They lamb 1100 head each year, comprising 600 hill-type North Country Cheviot ewes of which 200 are bred pure and the remaining crossed to the Bluefaced Leicester for producing Cheviot Mules. Some 200 Blackface ewes are crossed with home-bred crossing-type Bluefaced Leicester’s to produce Scotch Mules, with the result then tupped to the Texel and sold as hoggs with lambs at foot. Robert and Hazel also run 100 pure Texel’s and pedigree Bluefaced Leicester’s for breeding tups for home use and shearlings for the commercial market. Male lambs are finished on farm and sold deadweight, while ewe lambs are mainly sold on for breeding where they regularly command premium prices in the sale ring. The farm also supports a well-known beef enterprise of 180 pedigree cows including 100 Luing’s, 60 Limousin’s, 12 Simmentals and eight Charolais.
NSA Scotland 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 next year’s event. They are optimistic that NSA Scotsheep will be able to go ahead following Covid-19 guidelines, however are under no illusion that the ongoing pandemic does still pose a threat to agricultural shows and events next year. Of course, all possible measures will be put in place to ensure the event will be Covid safe.
The closing date for stand and sponsorship applications is FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2021. Note all bookings made are considered an expression of intent to exhibit and/or sponsor NSA Scotsheep 2020. No payment is requested at this time. Invoices will be issued in February 2021, once we know we can go ahead.
You can download the specific exhibitor and sponsors pack and the general terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organiser.
Euan Emslie Tel: 07718 908523 Email: [email protected]