Scots cattle men would have been down to £30 a week
JUST £30 per week would have been the wage of Scottish cattle farmers if the Government had not stepped in with its £36 million aid package.
Their average income is now expected to reach £5200 in the current year, according to Scottish Office figures.
Net income for upland and hill livestock farms averaged £17,600 in 1996-97. Sheep farmers collected £14,700 in 1996-97 and were expected to get £7600 in 1998-99.
Scottish National Farmers Union president Jim Walker said the figures showed that people were not getting a living wage.
- Minister admits farm incomes are dire, FWi, yesterday (30 November, 1998)
- Government aid worth £119.3m – official, FWi, 16 November, 1998
- Farmers profits lowest since the 1930s, FWi, 09 October, 1998
- Survey shows no respite for farmers, FWi, 08 October, 1998
- The Herald 01/12/98 page 4