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RSABI Gears up for NSA Scotsheep “Trimathon”

RSABI Gears up for NSA Scotsheep “Trimathon”

29 May 2022

Farmers attending NSA Scotsheep on 1 June are being offered the opportunity to have a post-lambing tidy up, courtesy of RSABI which will be running a “Trimathon” at the event.

 

The Kilted Barber, Campbell Ewen from George St, Perth, will be wielding his scissors and clippers at the RSABI tent. The hope is to trim as many wayward fringes as possible through the day at the event being hosted by the McNee family at Over Finlarg, Tealing.

 

Campbell will be offering his services free of charge and visitors to the event will simply have to make a small donation in exchange for a trim or, alternatively, they can give a donation to see someone in need of a barber’s services, being tidied up!

 

The idea behind the initiative from the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture, is to raise a smile (at a time when we all need to) and some funds for RSABI and to raise awareness of the wide range of support it offers. This includes emotional support – counselling can be arranged quickly – and practical help, including farm business reviews, as well as a wide range of financial support.

 

“At this time of year – after an exhausting few weeks of lambing and calving – many farmers have rarely ventured off the farm and hairstyles can start to look a bit on the wild side,” said Carol McLaren, Chief Executive of RSABI.

 

“While there are a lot of challenges facing farmers at the moment, we hope a great day out at Scotsheep will provide a real tonic and the opportunity to catch up with lots of people, support each other and make new friends.

 

“Farmers are fantastic at helping other people in rural communities around the country but can sometimes forget to look after themselves properly and we hope the Trimathon will help to remind them of how important that is.

 

“Time off the farm and away from work is vital for good mental health and a day like Scotsheep it is also a great source of new ideas and this year, perhaps a new haircut too!”

 

RSABI is sharing a stand with the National Sheep Association sheep dressing and crook-making demonstrations, in the main farm yard at the event. The RSABI team hope to encourage people of all ages not to hesitate to contact them if they start to feel overwhelmed.

 

The charity is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and a range of activities are planned for the coming months, including a drive to recruit 125 new members of the Supporters’ Scheme, which is a vital source of income for the work it undertakes.


 

Caption: Archie MacKinnon, Head Shepherd at Auchnacloich, Glen Quaich is pictured with the Kilted Barber, Campbell Ewen, at Lynemore in front of Loch Freuchie, gearing up for the Scotsheep Trimathon. Archie and his son Ben, who is a member of the NSA Scotsheep 2022 organising committee, look after 1400 Blackface ewes over two units.

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