Although the news that cattle, sheep and pigs can now move from farms to abattoirs has been welcomed throughout the industry, there are serious concerns over the plight of hill and upland farmers who traditionally have sold their livestock for finishing down on more productive acres.

In an article in today’s Scotsman, chairman of the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association Angus McCall highlights the importance of store lamb producers having some guidance as to how long it will be before they can market their stock. “The hill store sales were due to begin in earnest next week and flockmasters have to make a decision when to gather sheep.”

“Most hill farmers do not have low-ground fields to hold on to lambs for any length of time once weaned, and must be given an indication of when store sales are likely to take place before they gather their flocks.”