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Farmers Pull Together as Big Freeze Continues

NFU Scotland is urging the farming and rural communities in Scotland to keep pulling together as the big freeze shows little signs of abating.

Sub-zero temperatures and snow showers are set to continue this week and beyond.  With almost all of the countryside blanketed in snow and ice, the Union is encouraging all farmers and rural dwellers to offer assistance to fellow farmers and neighbours during this difficult time.

NFU Scotland Chief Executive James Withers said:

“All farming and rural families will now be affected by the growing list of problems that this long-running spell of snow and frost is creating.  For those lucky enough to be able to keep on top of the daily chores of feeding livestock and thawing water pipes, we would urge them to spare a thought for fellow farmers and neighbours who may be struggling.

“With many rural roadways blocked with snow and likely to remain difficult to pass for the next few days, the situation is becoming increasingly concerning.   For some, the simple offer of clearing roadways, helping to feed stock or even assistance with supplies of food or fuel for the house will be a welcome lifeline in this challenging weather.

“The farming and rural communities have a great track record on offering help and support to those around them in times of adversity.  This prolonged cold spell is testing everyone’s reserves but I know that farmers will still find time to check on those around them that may be in need of some help.

“The Scottish Government has been in touch with us about the difficult conditions around Scotland and we have been receiving reports from our farmers and Regional offices across the country on the deteriorating weather picture.  We will continue to help where we can.”

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

 

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News Article No.: 02/10


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