NFU Scotland has welcomed today’s announcement from Ross Finnie, Environment
and Rural Development Minister, that farmers in Scotland will be allowed to
use set-aside land for grazing livestock before the end of the set-aside period
on 31 August.
The European Commission approved the derogation yesterday because
of exceptional weather conditions.
John Kinnaird, NFU Scotland President, said:
“This derogation is good news for members. The superb
weather that we have all been enjoying recently does have some
knock-on effects for farming, leading to a lack of feed for animals.
It will therefore be extremely useful for livestock to be able
to graze set-aside land that would ordinarily be restricted until
“All farmers wishing to take advantage of this derogation
must contact their local Area Office explaining their need to
graze set-aside land.”
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