uTHE number of applications for the Beef Special Premium Scheme that individual producers in Scotland can make in a year will be limited to 20, from Jan 1. The Scottish NFU says that the action is being taken to counter the present tendency for farmers to submit increasing numbers of applications involving small numbers of cattle. "This raises the cost of administering the scheme and, at producer level, means that there are likely to be more on-farm inspections," the union says.
uCENTRAL Farmers, the Fife-based co-operative, has reported another year of heavy losses. In the year to June 30, turnover of £12.1m resulted in a loss of £475,401. That compares with last years loss of £533,100 on £13.8m turnover. But co-op chairman, Andrew Kay, says that there are encouraging signs of a turnaround, with trading performance in the closing six months of the financial year improving by almost £100,000 and continuing into the new trading year. *