End of SPS threatens the countryside


“After spending many hours studying the figures for my beef and sheep enterprise I cannot see how either of them will be viable when the Single Payment Scheme disappears,” writes livestock producer Andrew Brown in this week’s Farmers Weekly Letters section.
“Not only does this bode very badly for the future of the livestock industry in this country, it will spell disaster for the wide range of biodiversity, which has been built up over hundreds of years by our livestock-rearing ancestors.
“Without proper management we will see a proliferation of predatory species and a rapid decline in well-known and loved farmland creatures. Our green and pleasant land, so beloved by tourists, may not be so attractive without the input of our livestock keepers.
“Allowing free-market economics to dictate our future may be good for the consumer, but may spell disaster for our flora and fauna.”

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