Ballantrae farm to host Scotland’s national sheep event

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An Ayrshire farm offering spectacular views towards Ailsa Craig, Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Northern Ireland is set to host Scotland’s national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep, next year.

Organised by the Scottish region of the National Sheep Association, NSA Scotsheep 2018 will be held on May 30, 2018, at Kings Arms Farm, Ballantrae, where Robert and Caroline Dalrymple, along with long-time farm manager, Andrew Maclean, run a flock of 1,400 ewes with all lambs finished on the farm.

“Kings Arms Farm is an excellent venue for NSA Scotsheep 2018 and we are grateful to Mr and Mrs Dalrymple and their staff for kindly agreeing to host what is always the major event for the sheep industry in Scotland,” said NSA Scotland chairman, John Fyall.

“The reputation of the sheep flock is sure to draw a large attendance of sheep farmers and other industry professionals from throughout Scotland and the North of England to Scotland’s leading biennial sheep event. Close proximity to the Cairnryan ferry terminals, will also give us a great opportunity to welcome visitors from Ireland.”

Mr Dalrymple said he was delighted and honoured to be asked to host such an important event for the sheep industry in Scotland and looked forward to welcoming fellow sheep farmers to Kings Arms Farm.

“We are lucky to be in an area where we can grow grass and we try to make the best use of it. The farm is all-grass and all our lambs are finished on grass,” said Mr Dalrymple.

The farm is situated in the village of Ballantrae 34 miles south of Ayr and 17 miles north of Stranraer on the A77 trunk road. The farming enterprise extends to a total of 350 acres at Kings Arms Farm, 350 acres at Crailoch three miles away and a further 250 acres rented two miles away.

Event organiser is NSA Scotland secretariat, Euan Emslie, who will be happy to provide details of sponsorship opportunities and trade stand information to interested parties (07718 908523 or euan@nsascotland.org).