6 October 1999
Sheep worth less than a potato crisp

SHEEP are being sold for less than the price of a potato crisp, according to a report in The Times.

It claims that one Scottish hill farmer, Calum Sinclair, sold his 183 ewes at Caledonian Market in Stirling and received a cheque for 18p profit.

Alastair Logan, head sheep auctioneer for the firm, is quoted as saying the situation is going to get worse

The Daily Telegraph reports that a sheep export firm believes thousands of farmers would go out of business if the government stopped shipments of live sheep to Europe.

Farmers Ferry, set up after big cross-Channel operators banned sheep lorries, issued a warning after animal rights group Compassion in World Farming began a new campaign against the trade.