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Upland farmers and managers need to ditch their single species approach to land and spread the economic risks by embracing forestry, conservation and even the concept of rewilding.
MPs have called for supermarkets to do more to help British farmers and warned a government programme designed to offer support to the industry has turned into a “fiasco”.
The killer dogs responsible for slaying 24 sheep in Edenbridge last week have been put down by their owner.
Dog walkers are being warned to make sure their pets are secure when walking through the Ribble Valley countryside after a dozen sheep and lambs were killed in an attack.
NFU Scotland (NFUS) says it does not believe Richard Lochhead’s assurances that the payment of Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) money to hill and sheep farmers will be delayed for only a few weeks.
Farmers struggling to cope with delayed payments are victims of an extraordinary civil service blunder that will cost the tax-payer £180m a year, MPs have said today.