14 September 1999
Scots minister offers little hope
SCOTTISH rural affairs minister Ross Finnie had little to offer when he paid a visit to the 230 sow unit of Jim and Robin Traquair at Wellington Farm, Edinburgh.
Mr Finnie expressed his concern as the Traquairs outlined their predicament but said he regretted that there was little he could do immediately.
It was explained to him that £9 was lost on every animal sold which translates to a loss of £3,500 each month.
But Mr Finnie did offer some consolation.
Government bodies, including local authorities, were being quizzed to see whether it was possible to ensure all the pigmeat they buy is produced to UK standards, he said.
He also said he was working with other farming ministers to ensure that uniform welfare standards are adopted.
- The Herald 14/09/99 page 23