UK sheep Farmer of Year to host event

Host farmer John Scott.
Host farmer John Scott.

UK Sheep Farmer of the Year, John Scott, is hosting an open day on his farm in June to promote the sheep industry in the Highlands and Islands.

NSA Highland Sheep 2015 is being organised by NSA Scotland and will be held on Tuesday, June 9, at Fearn Farm, Tain, Ross-shire, the venue for the World Sheepdog Trials last year.

NSA Highland Sheep was held for the first time two years ago at Dingwall Mart and attracted a large number of sheep farmers from all over Scotland.

“We are delighted that Mr Scott has kindly agreed to host this major event for the sheep industry in Scotland,” said NSA Scotland chair, Sybil Macpherson.

“Fearn Farm, with its flocks of 4,200 commercial and pedigree sheep, will be an ideal venue for this important event and Mr Scott’s success in winning the Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year award is testimony to the quality of the sheep and the high standard of management on the farm.”

In addition to giving visitors the opportunity of a farm tour to view Mr Scott’s flock of commercial sheep, pedigree flocks of Texel, Beltex and New Zealand Suffolks and the recent addition of Aberfield hybrids, the one day event will include trade stands, educational exhibits, practical demonstrations, competitions, seminars and a focus on grassland management.

Mr Scott farms Fearn with his wife, Fiona, and parents, James and Janet, and also has extensive grazings in Sutherland.

“I’m pleased to work with NSA Scotland in hosting this event which I hope will sharpen the focus of sheep farmers and help us all take advantage of the opportunities open to the sheep industry in Scotland,” said Mr Scott.

Mr Scott is a board member of Quality Meat Scotland and chairs the Scottish sheep industry group and also a former vice-chairman of NFU Scotland’s livestock committee. He will be making a presentation on his sheep business at the QMS Sharing Best Practice conference at Airth Castle Hotel, Airth, Stirlingshire, on Thursday, February 12.

Fearn Farm also carries a herd of 130 suckler cows, including 60 pedigree Beef Shorthorns, and a small herd of Luing cattle is maintained on the Sutherland block.

Sponsorship and trade enquiries will be welcomed by the event organiser, Euan Emslie on 01430 441870.