Farmers look for sheep price aid

25 June 2001

Farmers look for sheep price aid

By FWi staff

FARMERS want millions of pounds of aid to prevent a collapse of lamb prices due to the foot-and-mouth outbreak, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Producers fear that an estimated 40,000 tonnes of lamb could flood the market because all exports are banned as a result of the virus.

Now calls have come for a government scheme to remove surplus lamb, including smaller hill sheep which do not meet supermarket specifications.

National Farmers Union of Scotland president Jim Walker said the hill livestock industry must be restructured in the aftermath of foot-and-mouth.

Seven new cases of foot-and-mouth were confirmed over the weekend, including five in Cumbria and single outbreaks in Powys and North Yorkshire.

The UK total now stands at 1783.

  • The Daily Telegraph, 25 June 2001, page 6


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