Archive Article: 2001/07/27

27 July 2001

Ulster sheep count

is worrying for all

Figures revealing the level of discrepancies between the number of sheep kept in parts of Northern Ireland and the number of premiums claimed make uncomfortable reading.

In the South Armagh area alone, more than half the farmers who had animals killed in the foot-and-mouth cull had fewer sheep than they had claimed premiums for.

The Ulster Farmers Union suggests the actions of a few should not tarnish the image of the vast majority of honest farmers.

Undoubtedly there will be some who have genuine excuses for their low stocking levels. But inevitably some will have acted illegally.

Those who are found out must face the full force of the law. They do the whole industry a major disservice.

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