The Countess of Wessex, <Bpatron of the Border Union Agricultural Society for its bicentenary celebrations last year, rings the bell for the start of the 2013 Kelso Ram Sales with BUAS
secretary Ron Wilson.
Secretary of the BUAS
Ron Wilson said: "We have been planning this year's Border Union Show for two years and it is incredible to see it all coming together.
BUAS was originally created after an s initial meeting of landowners from both sides of the Tweed, who met at the Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso in January 1813.
Chairman of the BUAS Bicentenary Committee, Gareth Baird, said; "In the last 200 years, the BUAS has witnessed huge changes in the way food is produced and the way the countryside is managed.
BUAS is also recognising the vital role of education this year by creating a Bicentenary Fund, which will provide bursaries, awards and grants to support local young people working in the countryside.
BUAS has been raising cash for the fund since last year with a memorial avenue of 20 trees - one to mark each decade of the society - to be planted at the Springwood Park showground in Kelso.
BUAS is also introducing a series of bursaries for young people working in the rural economy in north Northumberland and the Borders and will be working with schools and colleges in the run-up to the show.
Today, BUAS has more than 1,000 members and a permanent home at Kelso's Springwood Park, which the organisation bought in 1953.
The clear-up starts straightway, because BUAS
is staging a championship dog show the following Saturday and entries for the Ram Sales close in that week too.
BUAS is also aiming to show off how many indigenous breeds of cattle there are in the UK in partnership with the different breed societies.
As part of the look to the future, BUAS is planning a series of education bursaries to help people gain insights, qualifications and develop research of benefit to local agriculture or rural industries.
BUAS is currently exploring whether any public grants or funding is available to help it mark the bicentennial, but is also raising money itself with a memorial avenue of trees.