Crofters poised to destroy 15,000 sheep
CROFTERS on the Shetland Islands are facing the prospect of destroying 15,000 sheep because of the plummeting price of the stock.
Sheep may also be destroyed on the Orkney and Western Isles.
The crofters are contemplating the prospect because they stand to recoup just £1 a head from their sale.
The local MP has called for subsidised crossings to the mainland for the sheep to ease the farmers plight. But this subsidy would breach European regulations.
The local ferry company is already offering a partial subsidy to the mainland of £2.25 a head.
- Shetland farmers given £60,000 to ferry sheep, FWi, 15 October, 1998
- Farmer shoots sheep as prices collapse, FWi, 08 October, 1998
- Mass slaughter looms for Shetlands sheep, Farmers Weekly, 18 September, 1998
- Financial Times 12/11/98 page
- The Guardian 12/11/98 page 10