The Scottish Shearing and Woolhandling Team, did the Nation proud at the World Championships in Wales last week. All three teams were placed and two individual shearers made their respective finals.
Malcolm and Marina Reid and their family moved to Scotland from Northern Ireland for better opportunities to genetically improve their Texel flock, be closer to the bigger and better markets and for drier climatic conditions.
From the purchase of a ewe lamb at the ‘Way To Wooler’ dispersal, over 30 years ago, the Firth flock of Bluefaced Leicesters run by the Hall family, has grown to become one of the best known flocks in the UK. The farms – Lilyburn and Upperfirth – are renowned for the quality of stock regularly produced.
Shearers from across Scotland made the sojourn north on Saturday 5th June, for the 3rd Caithness Shears event at Quoybrae, Watten, courtesy of Aberdeen & Northern Mart. Hoggs from regular county consignors were presented for the 37 well-travelled competitors who took part in the four classes.
The pressure was on in the Scottish National on the Sunday morning at the RHS as the winning slot ensured a place in the Scottish Team at the World Championships in Wales in July.
There was a buzz in the shearing shed at the Barony College – and it wasn’t just the shearing machines! The build up to the World Shearing Championships is on.
As a contract farmer, in for the long term, Ayrshire farmer, Francis McMillan, is focused on making a sustainable business profit.
Dumfriesshire farmer – Robert Hall of Craiglearan, Moniaive, is not just an ordinary hill sheep and beef farmer. He runs 1000 ewes, mainly Blackies and 75 cows, which are a mix of Galloways and Blue Greys and three Luings he purchased from the recent reduction sale at Castle Douglas.
He wears another hat – as a wool marketer for the Falkland Islands.
From the age of 11 or 12, a young Rupert Ferdinand was fascinated with farming. He helped friends on their farms and was given books on animal husbandry and smallholding for Christmas.
When six year old Stephanie Birch was given two ewe lambs by a neighbour who was emigrating, she had no perception of where this gift would take her. The two original ewes ran with the commercial flock until in 1996 when at the age of eleven, Steph decided to develop a flock of Pedigree Border Leicesters. Nineteen years later, she is the Publicity Convenor on the Border Leicester National Council and one of the top breeders and judges in the breed.