Scotsheep show falls victim to Covid

Scotsheep has joined the growing list of agricultural shows and exhibitions to cancel and postpone their 2021 events, it was revealed yesterday.

The National Sheep Association which organises the biennial event for the sector said that continued uncertainties and restrictions caused by Covid-19 had forced them to take the decision to again postpone NSA Scotsheep, which had originally been due to take place in 2020, but had already been rescheduled for May 2021.

Following a Zoom meeting with the NSA Scotsheep organising committee, the event has now been postponed for a further year and will take place on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 by kind permission of Robert and Hazel McNee, Over Finlarg, Tealing, Dundee.

Organisers said they believed restrictions on social distancing and mass gatherings would be in force for the foreseeable future and so decided to focus their efforts on planning a rescheduled event for next summer.

“We are really disappointed to have to postpone NSA Scotsheep until next June, as plans for the event were well advanced,” said NSA Scotland chair, Jen Craig, who admitted that postponing NSA Scotsheep once again would have a severe impact on NSA Scotland financially.

“With no signs of restrictions easing and cases still rising, our main priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors and those involved in the running of the event.”

She said that it had been important to come to a firm decision sooner rather than later to avoid impacting the host’s farming calendar.