World-renowned shearer is rewarded for his impact over years

Colin MacGregor, (left), Lochearnhead, is presented with the NSA's Silver Salver by NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick.
Colin MacGregor, (left), Lochearnhead, is presented with the NSA's Silver Salver by NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick.

World-renowned former Scottish shearing champion Colin MacGregor was awarded one of the sheep industry’s most prestigious accolades at yesterday’s Highland Sheep event in Caithness.

Mr MacGregor, who farms on the banks of Lochearn, is this year’s recipient of the National Sheep Association (NSA) Scotland’s Silver Salver, given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the sheep industry.

Having retired last year after a 20-year stint as shearing manager for the British Wool Marketing Board, Mr MacGregor has played a major role in British Wool and the progression and standard of shearing across the UK.

Former NSA Scotland chairman John Fyall said: “Colin is very deserving of this award and has had an impact on thousands of young men and woman under his tutelage.

“He would never seek recognition but his contribution is immeasur-able and I’m in no doubt that UK shearing is far better for it. We would like to thank Colin for a career dedicated to the sheep industry.”

Meanwhile, in the show and sale of ewe hoggs, the champion pen of park-type North Country Cheviots from Johnnie Campbell, Bardnaclavan, sold for the top price of 800gn to Messrs Thomas and Bevan of the Knowle Harbour flock in Wales.

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