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Sheep event cancelled for a second time due to the coronavirus

By Gordon Calder

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The NSA Sheep event has been postponed because of the coronavirus.
The NSA Sheep event has been postponed because of the coronavirus.

A MAJOR event in the farming calendar has been postponed for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NSA Scotsheep, which covers all aspects of sheep production, from husbandry, nutrition and health to marketing and the promotion of the finished product, did not go ahead last year because of the Covid19 restrictions. The organisers, the National Sheep Association, hoped the event would be held on May 27 this year but following a remote meeting of its executive, has decided it would be unsafe to let it proceed due to the "continued uncertainties and restrictions caused by Covid-19." The event is now due to take place on Wednesday June 1, 2022 by permission of Robert and Hazel McNee, Over Finlarg, Tealing, Dundee.

The organisers say the restrictions on social distancing and mass gatherings will be in force for the forseeable future and so have decided to focus their efforts on planning a rescheduled event for next summer.

Jennifer Craig, NSA Scotland chair, said: "We are really disappointed to have to postpone NSA Scotsheep until next June, as plans for the event were well advanced. 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.

"It was important to come to a firm decision sooner rather than later to avoid impacting Robert and Hazel’s farming calendar.

"Postponing NSA Scotsheep will have a severe impact on NSA Scotland financially however, through the continued support of our many sponsors and trade exhibitors, we hope to deliver a full-scale event for the sheep industry in Scotland and further afield."

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