HRH Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay
Claire and Andrew Robinson of Morrisons Farm with (centre) Maimie Paterson, Treasurer, NSA Scotland
Jimmy Warnock with the NSA Silver Salver
Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, in action at 'Ready, Steady,Cook!
Scotsheep 2012 was held at Morrison’s Farm on the Dumfries House estate by kind permission of Morrisons, and was an outstanding success despite the rain which fell for much of the day.
The event was opened by HRH Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay, who paid tribute to the resilience of sheep farmers who have endured some difficult years. ‘You are a remarkable breed and I can only salute you on this great occasion,’ he said.
The Duke presented the NSA Scotland Silver Salver to RHET stalwart, Jimmy Warnock, Sandilands, Lanark for his services to the Scottish sheep industry. Rendered speechless, possibly for the first time ever, Jimmy is a popular and deserving recipient of the award.
The Duke then toured the event, escorted by NSA Scotland chairman Jimmy Sinclair, visiting NSA Scotland, QMS Scottish Sheep Strategy, the Wool centre and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, and calling in at the North Country Cheviots, Scotch Mules and Blackfaces en route.
MEP Alyn Smith took part in a seminar on reducing bureaucracy which is a hot topic among sheep farmers. Fellow panel member Brian Pack has been tasked with finding ways of cutting red tape and we await the outcome with great interest.