Stocking restrictions will force farmers off uplands
TWO associations representing livestock farmers claim that European Union plans for lower stocking rates will force people off the hills and uplands.
The National Beef Association and the National Sheep Association claim that Europes Agenda 2000 proposals penalising stocking rates of more than 1.4 units per hectare would have a severe impact on farmers whose livelihood is already under threat.
John Thorley, the chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said: “Environmental lobbyists seem to make no connection between the depopulation of farm animals and the depopulation of farmers.”
- HIll-farmers attack Agenda 2000 stocking limits, FWi, 8 September, 1998
- Survey uncovers hill-farmers poverty, FWi, yesterday (7 September, 1998)
- Cutbacks in hill-farm subsidies threaten scenery, FWi, 2 September, 1998
- Hill-farmers becoming “endangered species”, FWi, 1 September, 1998
- Uplands face “bleak and bitter future”, FWi, 9 September, 1997
- The Scotsman 10/09/98 page 30