Luing Open Day - Saturday 29th August 2009

Press Release - 19 August 2009

All roads lead to Attonburn near Yetholm in Roxburghshire next Saturday (29th) for the next Luing Open Day. This hill farm, run by Charles and Mary Symons, is synonymous with the production of not only top quality Luing cattle, but also has a reputation for bringing out the best of breeding sheep.

The event itself will be opened by NFUS President Jim McLaren, and will run from 1.30pm featuring a farm tour as well as several live demonstrations on sheep breeding, direct marketing and butchery, bull semen testing and of course the Luing Society's own unique Dam Classification System.

Society Chairman Matthew Mauchlen commented, "Luing Society open days have become a popular fixture in the calendar of summer farming events due to the unique mix of good people, excellent stock, sound technical messages being conveyed and all presented in the setting of a respected commercially run unit. Attendances at these open days have averaged over 300 in recent years and we are confident of a similar turn-out this year. We welcome anyone with an interest in beef production to come along on the day and see for themselves how Luing cattle fit within an efficient beef production system."

Notes to editors:

  • There will be a free beef spit roast from 4.30pm and a bar with surplus takings going to the local Air Ambulance.
  • Directions - Follow signs to Yetholm from Kelso and take the B6401 to Morebattle after Yetholm. Take second left off this road up the Bowmount Water following signs.
  • The Farm Tour will feature presentations from SAC's George Caldow (Veterinary Manager) and Gavin Hill (SAC Beef Specialist) and host farmer Charles Symons.