Deer farming boom for Scotland?
DEER farming and fibre production from goats could become more attractive as potential sources of future farm revenue in Scotland, according to I>The Herald.
The Scottish Executive is poised to include both species in the new regulations covering Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances (HLCA), reports the paper.
At the moment, Scotland has just 30 deer farmers, leaving the UK a net importer of farmed venison and thereby creating a market opportunity.
The new HLCA payments could help farmers overcome a depressed world market for fibres where cashmere is worth £35 per kilo compared to £100 a year ago.
- The Herald 07/09/99 page 26