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Scottish Government launches £250k fallen stock fund

It adds to support already offered through the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme and Basic Payment loan schemes, the Farm Advisory Service and the three crop rule derogation.

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Scottish Gov launches £250k fallen stock fund

A £250,000 fund has been launched to help Scottish farmers offset the cost of retrieving fallen livestock.

 

Farmers suffering the impact of recent extreme weather events have been encouraged to apply to the package following the uplift and disposal of dead sheep and cattle and severe feed and fodder shortages.

 

It adds to current support already offered through aiding cashflow through the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme and Basic Payment loan schemes, the Farm Advisory Service and the three crop rule derogation announced last week.


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Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “I have seen first-hand the massive impact that the prolonged wet and severe weather has been having on farmers, resulting in higher numbers of dead animals and acute shortages in fodder across the whole country.

 

Further problems

“We know there are real pressures on feed and fodder currently and that winter and Spring crop sowing has been compromised, so there are likely to be further problems later this autumn.”

Additional funding has also been given to farm charity RSABI to enhance its offering of practical and emotional support.

 

Nina Clancy, chief executive of RSABI said: “We very much welcome this extra support from Scottish Government.

 

“It comes at time when our helpline and our welfare officers have been particularly busy dealing with weather related issues.”

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