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Crofters face further hardship due to weather says SCF

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has renewed calls to crofters to keep Scottish Government informed regarding the potential consequences of the inclement weather.

"My own observations are that the hardship is yet to come", said Donald Murdie, a representative for SCF on Skye. "When crofters find how far down they are on their silage and hay crops, this in turn will result in stock reduction and depressed prices in the autumn, leaving less cash flow for winter feeding."

Chief Executive of the Federation, Patrick Krause, added, "We have been in close contact with Scottish Government over the potential consequences of the slow start to the grazing season and the continued poor weather conditions. The minister for crofting, Dr Aileen McLeod has personally committed to government assistance should the need arise. We don’t want to cry wolf, but there were crofters facing putting their animals away when the grass was not coming as they couldn’t continue to buy in feed. Now there is grass but silage and hay crops are way down and the price of feed could therefore be high in the autumn."

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SCF slams re-wilding proposals

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has strongly opposed the ‘re-wilding’ of Scotland and the UK proposed recently by species-reintroduction lobbyists.
"The arguments put forward by the predator-reintroduction lobby groups on the fashionable term ‘re-wilding’ are blinkered and simply don’t take account of the evolution that has taken place in the environment over the past centurie", said Fiona Mandeville, chair of the SCF. "You can’t just turn the clock back and parachute species in to a changed environment."
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