Livestock double act

What a pity that organisers of Scotland’s two main winter events, AgriScot and the Winter Fair, couldn’t work out their differences and agree to a single showcase to promote Scottish farming.

Instead, after 12 years based at Perth, the Winter Fair will move back to the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston this year.

But it will be held exactly a week after AgriScot takes place – at the same venue.

After months of talks, a sudden announcement back in March from the Scottish National Fatstock Club – organiser of the Scottish National Winter Fair – scotched any hope that there would be just a single event.

Instead, those who want to attend both events will now have to travel to Edinburgh two weeks in a row.

With everyone preaching that cutting costs is essential if farmers want to stay in business, how can the organisers of these two events expect producers to fork out for two trips to the Capital?

And, the other common buzz word in agriculture in recent years, and no doubt one that will be pushed by many at both AgriScot and the Winter Fair, is “co-operation”.

Perhaps the organisers of the two events should pay heed.

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