26 October 2001

Sheep move No

SHEEP farmers have vowed to oppose any government plans to buy up sheep quota in a bid to cut the size of the national flock.

National Sheep Association chief executive John Thorley said the industry would be damaged by proposals put forward by rural recovery co-ordinator Lord Haskins (News, 19 Oct). He added: "It is another form of madness and makes little sense to us. We will certainly be opposing it."

Mr Thorley denied the sheep industry was over-supplied and insisted bigger and fewer farms would be bad for animal welfare. The National Farmers Union has also expressed its concern over the recommendation in Lord Haskins rural recovery report. &#42