01 December 1998
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.