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Shetland

Lorna Scott

It is a hugely challenging and exciting time to be representing Shetland for NFU Scotland. The issues at the top of the priority list in Shetland will be those challenges we face in Shetland that are often not exclusive to the islands but are frequently exacerbated by our location. While this location provides us with unique animal breeds and allows us to produce the highest quality meat, wool and dairy, it does make transporting this produce more difficult and often means the costs of, for example, freight, feed and straw, are significantly higher than on the mainland.

LFASS remains a hugely important support mechanism for farmers and crofters on the isles. This support underpins an active and productive agricultural industry, but also ensures the land is in pristine condition for our nature and wildlife, which is the foundation of Shetland’s flourishing tourism industry. Animal health remains a constant priority, and NFU Shetland works with all stakeholders involved to ensure our standards remain as high as possible and our stock retains its excellent reputation.  Shetland’s agricultural industry is in a strong position as we’ve seen the local marts continue to see increased sales and throughput year on year, and more local produce sold in local Shetland businesses.

Lorna Scott
Regional Policy Advisor
07554 741030
lorna.scott@nfus.org.uk

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