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National Sheep Association updates on Scotsheep 2020


By David Porter

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As the ongoing Coronavirus crisis continues to affect all aspects of life including the many popular agricultural events held each summer the National Sheep Association (NSA) after taking time to review current Government recommendations.

Scotsheep 2020 is still looking to go ahead in July.
Scotsheep 2020 is still looking to go ahead in July.

It is pleased to today be able to announce its new plans to proceed with its popular summer events, but a little later in the year than previously planned.

NSA Sheep Event, the flagship event of the organisation will now take place on Monday, October 19 once again at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

Also taking place this year is NSA Scotsheep, the main event of the industry in Scotland.

Differing slightly from the NSA Sheep Event in Worcestershire, NSA Scotsheep is set to take place on farm, kindly hosted by Robert and Hazel McNee at their home at Over Finlarg, Tealing, Angus.

The event had been planned for early June but has now tentatively been moved to Wednesday, July 8 a date that the NSA Scottish Region executive committee is aware is rather hopeful in the current climate but one they still hope can be achievable.

NSA Scotsheep organiser Euan Emslie says: “We have very tentatively set a new date which most importantly suits the hosts who need to fit this event around their farming operation.

"NSA Scottish Region understands that this date is optimistic and that it may need to be reviewed again in light of the future situation with COVID-19 but in the hope we can continue we have lodged our application for the necessary licenses and will keep the situation under close review.”

Should NSA Scottish Region not be granted a license for the July date, then NSA Scotsheep 2020 will regrettably have to be rescheduled until next year with a new date at the beginning of June hopefully to be secured.

Willy Millar, NSA Scotsheep 2020 chairman, said: “We are really disappointed to have to postpone this event although current circumstances give us no choice.

"The committee also realises that choosing a date in early July brings risks so we are looking at alternative dates for the first couple of weeks in June next year, should the restrictions on social distancing and gatherings of people not be lifted in the next few months.

“Our firm belief is that NSA Scotsheep is a crucial event for the farming community and sheep industry in Scotland and further afield.

"There is no doubt that people will be keen to get back to a more normal way of life as soon as possible while following government advice on the situation”.

Plans for both NSA events are well underway with many new and existing attractions set to take place, providing visitors with an opportunity not only to get up to date with the latest information in seminars and workshops, but this year, perhaps more importantly than ever before, the events will offer a much needed opportunity to meet up with farming friends from both near and far.

Further updates on the future of both events will follow as needed.

To find out more about what is happening at NSA Sheep Event 2020 visit the event website at www.sheepevent.org.uk and for more information on NSA Scotsheep 2020 please visit www.scotsheep.org.uk.


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