NFU Scotland, along with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Farm & Wildlife
Advisory Group (FWAG) held a hugely successful hill sheep farming event last
Friday (4 August) which hosted over 40 people, all with an interest in the
future of hill farming.
The event, which was the first in a series of four events on
farms across Scotland, aimed to bring together the real farmers
who face the daily challenge of farming in the hills and allow
them to benefit from dialogue, both with each other and with
decision makers within the industry.
Last week’s event, which was kindly sponsored by Loch
Lomond and Trossachs National Park, took place at Shantron Farm,
Luss Alexandria, by kind permission of Bobby Lennox.
Gail Macdonald, NFUS Livestock Policy Manager, said:
“I am extremely pleased with this first event. Around
40 people came along and took part in the workshops.
“Scotland’s hill sheep farmers are facing particular
challenges at present but what is really obvious is that they
are ready and willing to help themselves and to become actively
involved not only in the development of their own businesses
but also in the decision making process.
“The purpose of the workshops which took place on the
day was to raise awareness and understanding of best management
techniques and practices for hill sheep farmers and to ascertain
particular issues of concern within the sector. Sharing experience,
best practice and opportunities is the best way to establish
how best to tackle challenges and work towards a better future.
“Feedback from those who attended was incredibly informative
and positive and will not only help to shape future decision
making but will also ensure that NFUS is able to tailor future
events to member demands and assist more closely in the development
of hill farm businesses.
“We now look forward to holding further successful events
on 14 August at Conchra, Dornie, Kyle, 21 August at Auchmore
Farm, Muir of Ord and on 23 August at Bragleenmore Farm, Kilninver
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