Borders Farm Visit
An Appin connection brought members of the Appin Agricultural club and friends to see a large-scale farming operation in the Borders. Appin man David Wallace is the very able head shepherd at Blythbank Farm, a 1,300-acre site near Peebles and he welcomed 16 visitors on June 1st to view the extensive operation,which includes 320,000 hens, a flock of 2,000 Scotch Mule hoggs and 700 Blackface ewes. Guests were guided by facility boss Linda on a tour of the large-scale egg packing facility on the nearby Leadburn farm, supplying supermarkets across Scotland. A lovely lunch was laid on for us if you pardon the pun!
This was followed by a tractor/trailer tour of Blythbank farm itself on which David gave a fascinating talk on the history of the farm, right up to the current day operations. David has been there 25 years from when he left College and reminded us before we left, how lucky we are to still have the great sense of community spirit our area which is sometimes lost in other areas as the operations get bigger and more commercialized. The day finished of with evening meal in Kilmahog before the very hospitable final leg home. A very interesting and enjoyable day had by all. Blythbank Farm hosted the NSA Scot Sheep event in 2016, with David and others running tours and demonstrations show casing the farm. Double yolk eggs were donated to the group to take home, can anyone guess if they arrived safely or not!
2019 Appin Show
The show plans are well underway, and this year’s event will be full of surprises and make a very enjoyable day out for all the family.
The show this year will include baby changing and rest area, to make it one of the only baby friendly shows in the area. We would like to encourage as many entries as possible for all the different sections at the show, schedules available at Port Appin shop or here on the community website.
We are always looking for volunteers to help on the day of the show for a short period of time, if anyone can assist, please get in touch with a member of the committee. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the show, please get in touch, we still have some time to accommodate.
Caroline Henderson & Lorna Paterson