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Ukraine invasion / Noss lambs auctioned off to raise over £2,000 for Ukraine

The sheep were sold at auction.

A SHETLAND farm has raised over £2,000 by auctioning off three pairs of lambs in aid of people affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Father and son Robert and Matthew Nicolson of Noss Farm (Shetland) Ltd put the 44kg animals forward for sale at the Shetland Livestock Marketing Group [SLMG] on Wednesday, with all profits to be donated to Shetland Solidarity with Refugees.

The sheep were marked with the blue and yellow Ukraine flag.

SLMG waived its commission for the sale of the animals, with one pair of Cheviot cross lambs selling to AG Leslie & Sons of Laxfirth for £310 each.

A pair of Suffolk cross lambs were sold to Scalloway Meat Company for £330 each and a second pair of Suffolk Cross animals went to GB & AM Anderson Ltd for £350 each, while Lauraine Manson donated an additional £50 to bring the total raised to £2,030.

Robert Nicolson said: “The reports of the turmoil in Ukraine have touched everyone. We are glad this small effort was so keenly supported with a good outcome.”

Shetland Solidarity with Refugees had already raised in excess of £16,000 in recent weeks on the back of the Ukraine crisis.

Russia launched its unprovoked assault against Europe’s second largest nation on 24 February, triggering the continent’s greatest post-war refugee crisis with over four million people fleeing the country.

Various community efforts in Shetland including crowdfunding campaigns, bric-a-brac sales and fundraising concerts have raised comfortably over £40,000-worth of aid for the people of Ukraine.