By FWi staff

FARMERS across the country shunned the private storage aid scheme for sheep, which closed last Wednesday.

No applications for storage aid were received from producers in Great Britain. And applications in Northern Ireland totalled just 113 tonnes.

The scheme was opened by the Government and European Union in the wake of NFU pressure over this seasons slump in sheep prices, caused by an oversupplied lamb market.

But the recent lift in hogget prices is likely to have deflected interest in private storage aid, say officials from the Meat and Livestock Commission. Hogget prices have risen by 30% in recent weeks to more than 100p/kg.