Programme of events

With a full programme of exhibition, seminars and demonstrations there’s something to see all day at the Festival.


Seminars and demonstrations 2019

Once again the Festival has a broad and interesting series of seminars and demonstrations on topics relating to smallholding.

Please note, to attend some of these sessions, you must have have a Festival wristband. These are available for £10 on the day from the Smallholding Scotland stand in the Strathmore Hall (Cash only please).

Some of the demonstrations have limited availability; where this is the case, these can be booked at the Smallholding Scotland stand in the Strathmore Hall.

TimeEventLocation
9.30amJudging of Garden, Craft and Food CompetitionStrathmore Hall
9:30amJudging of Poultry & Waterfowl Show followed by presentation of prizesMain market
10:00amJudging of British Kunekune Pig Society Scottish ShowMain market: Pig Area
10:00amDon’t buy it in!
Dr. Caroline Robinson MRCVS
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Sheep Ring
10:00amManaging grass on a small scale
Grant Reid, Agronomist
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Store Ring
10:00amPesticides and other –icides – getting maximum effectiveness and minimum environmental damage.
Wull Dryburgh, SEPA
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Marquee
11.00amSheep dressing demonstration
Barbara Webster, Jacob Sheep Society
Details to follow.
Sheep Demonstration Area
11.00amThe working Eriskay Pony
Eriskay Pony Society
More details to follow
Equine Area
11:00amPlants with Purpose
Andrew Lear, Plants with Purpose and Appletreeman
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Sheep Ring
11:00amNew Entrants – A Case Study
Starting a sheep enterprise from scratch – without owning land

Nick Langston-Bolt & Dr. Lucy Eyre MRCVS BVSc, The Langston Farm
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Store Ring
11:00amMaking the most of your Mart
Diane Anderson, Lawrie & Symington
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Marquee
12 noonPig Agility
Shuggy and Rhino, with Alan Jamieson
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Main market: Pig Area
12 noonMake a willow Rudolph
Rachel Bower
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Strathmore Hall: Rural Skills Demonstration Area
12 noonTap o’Noth – Community Supported Agriculture and Permaculture at work
James Reid and Rosa Bevan, Tap o’ Noth Farm
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Sheep Ring
12 noonWaste Matters
Wull Dryburgh, SEPA
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Store Ring
12 noonProvenance, smallholding and local food
Ceri Ritchie, SAC
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Marquee
12.30pmWhat makes a winner!
Hazel Dickson
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Main market: Poultry and Waterfowl Area
1:00pmThe Famous Pony Parade
with commentary by Donald McGillivray
Equine Area
1:00pmA Sheep MOT
Dr. Caroline Robinson MRCVS
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Sheep Demonstration Area
1:00pmMake a willow Rudolph
Rachel Bower
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Strathmore Hall: Rural Skills Demonstration Area
1:00pmBeekeeping – a sweet and fascinating pastime
Alan Riach, Scottish Beekeepers Association
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Sheep Ring
1:00pmFrom Field to Fork: Action towards restoring connections between the people who produce food and those who eat it.
Miesbeth Knottenbelt, Nourish Scotland
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Store Ring
2:00pmCheesemaking Challenges
Denise Ferguson, Drumturk Cheese and Drumturk Toggenburgs
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Sheep Ring
2:00pmThe new Woodland Tannery
Peter Ananin, www.woodlandtannery.co.uk
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Store Ring
2:00pmKeeping cattle on a small scale
Annette Marshall and Siobhan Macdonald from SRUC & SAC
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Marquee
3:15pmPresentation of prizes for best exhibits in Garden, Craft and Food Competition

Strathmore Hall: Garden, Craft and Food Area

Judging

  • Poultry & Waterfowl Show judging starts at 9:30am in the main market.
  • Garden, Craft and Food competition judging starts at 9:30am in the Strathmore Hall
  • British Kunekune Pig Society Scottish Show judging starts at 10am in the Main market: Pig Area

Rural skills

There are a number of hands-on sessions and on-stand demonstrations throughout the day in the Rural Skills area.

Please note, to attend some of these sessions, you must have a Festival wristband. These are available for £10 from the Smallholding Scotland stand in the Strathmore Hall (Cash only please).

Some of the demonstrations have limited availability; where this is the case, these can be booked at the Smallholding Scotland stand in the Strathmore Hall.

See the Rural Skills page for more information about what’s on offer.


Livestock Showcases

Our livestock showcases feature some of the most popular and some of the rarest breeds of livestock, ideal for smallholders. As well as seeing the animals you’ll be able to speak to the breeders and keepers, the ideal opportunity to gather all the information you need to choose your ideal breed.