NB: Details of the 2018 Festival will be available soon. The information on these pages refers to the 2017 Festival.

The Festival aims to inform, educate and inspire, and to give you the opportunity to access information and advice from experienced practitioners that will support and encourage you in your future smallholding and growing ventures.

Livestock shows

Interbreed judging - Mr David Sheddan
Interbreed sheep judging in progress

Central to the Festival is a full schedule of showing classes for sheep, goats and poultry, and our special area for pigs, “Pig Paradise”. With a focus on British rare and traditional breeds, and with some more unusual classes, there will be something to interest and entertain everyone.

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Seminars & demonstrations

Gordon Gibb, QMS
Gordon Gibb giving a pork butchery demonstration

We are offering an exciting and varied range of free to attend seminars and demonstrations that will run throughout the day. Topics will cover aspects of land management, livestock husbandry, food production and processing and much more. The full programme can be found on the Programme of Events page.

RBST Scottish National Championships

The 2017 Festival is once again hosting the RBST Scottish National Stock Championships for youngstock and senior stock, celebrating rare breeds past and present from the RBST Watchlist.

Read more about the RBST Championship

RBST Young Shepherd of the Year

The Festival will host the only Scottish qualifier of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Young Shepherd of the Year 2017.

Rural Skills

Get hands-on and learn some rural skills at the Festival.

Equine Area

For 2017 we once again celebrate our equine heritage, and we’re delighted to welcome along representatives of some our wonderful native breed horses and ponies.

Read more about the fantastic horses and ponies you can see at the Festival.

Breed Societies

Choice of breed is important to small-scale livestock keepers, with many choosing to support British rare and traditional breeds. We’re therefore delighted that the Rare Breed Survival Trust is supporting the Festival and that many rare and traditional breed societies will be participating in it.

If you are involved with a breed society and would like to come to the Festival please see the Breed Society information page.

Trade Exhibition

The Festival Trade Exhibition will showcase the best suppliers and services for smallholders and small scale producers, including equipment, machinery, renewable energy generation, food production, grassland management and livestock husbandry.

Garden, Craft & Food Exhibition

For those who enjoy making and baking (and for those who enjoy looking and eating), we have a wonderful Garden, Craft & Food Exhibition area, celebrating Scottish craftworkers.

We are hosting competitive classes for art and crafts, stick and crook-making, home-made preserves, drinks and baking, and honey. You can enter on the day so bring along your entries and let the judging commence.

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