NFU Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Farm & Wildlife Advisory
Group (FWAG) together hosted another successful hill sheep farming event on
Monday 14 August which played host to a number of people from farmers to industry
professionals, all with an interest in the future of hill farming.
The event, which was the second 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 with each other and with industry
Monday’s event was kindly hosted by Farquhar Macrae at
Conchra, Dornie, Lochalsh.
Nigel Miller, NFUS Livestock Committee Chairman, said:
“This event was of huge relevance to those who attended
as Lochalsh is in one of the most extreme hill areas of Scotland.
“Hill sheep farmers Scotland-wide are facing particular
challenges at present but what is really obvious is that they
are committed to helping themselves and to becoming actively
involved both in the development of their own businesses and
in the wider decision making process.
“The workshops which took place had the collective aim
of raising awareness and understanding of best management techniques
and practices and to ascertain particular issues arising within
the sector. Sharing experience, best practice and opportunities
is the best way to tackle obstacles and work towards a better
“The feedback we received from participants 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 21 August at Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord and on 23 August at
Bragleenmore Farm, Kilninver Argyll.”
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