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Sheep Sector Review Publishes Action Plan to Revitalise Scottish Industry

07 September 2016

SCOTLAND, UK - A 24 point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland’s sheep sector has been unveiled by an industry expert group.

The recommendations are contained in the final report of the Scottish Sheep Sector Review, which has been published today.

The report, produced by a short life industry group chaired by former UK Sheep Farmer of the Year John Scott, sets out a series of actions for the Scottish Government and the sheep industry to facilitate sustainable and long term growth.

Speaking on a visit to Castle Grant Farm, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Achieving this has the potential to benefit the Scottish sheep sector by more than £26 million per year but will require the buy-in and active participation of the entire supply chain... I am therefore asking John to continue what he has started and lead a small team of key players in the supply chain to drive forward the implementation of these recommendations.”

Development Officer NSA Scotland, George Milne said: “The report contains a huge variety of recommendations for the whole supply chain, but specifically a range of options to suit all types of our stratified sheep production system.

"Farmers have the opportunity to investigate recommendations that may suit or bring the best possible results for their own particular farming business. Other recommendations require an approach at a national level which should help the whole industry to become more profitable.”

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