3 November 1995

Blackface demand

A KEEN export demand for Blackface breeding ewe lambs has seen sales to Rumania, France and Italy in the past two weeks.

The man who is putting the deals together has declined any publicity for fear of reprisals from animal rights activists. But it is known that he has a group of agents buying for the export trade throughout Scotland.

Asked if the sale of breeding stock might affect future sales of liveweight slaughter black-faced lambs to Mediterranean countries, Scottish NFU hill farming convenor John Scott, Ayr, said the Scottish tradition of exporting had to be encouraged.

"We sell black-faced ewes, beef cattle and seed potatoes all over the world," he said.

"We cannot put up any barriers to this trade."

Allan Wright