New plans to support sheep sector after no-deal

05 SEP 2019

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Defra minister George Eustice said the government 'recognises' that the sheep sector is 'exposed more than any other agriculture sector'.Sheep farmers fear they would be among the most affected by an abrupt exit as 94 percent of British sheep meat exports go to the EU every year.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday (3 September), he said the government will 'show solidarity' with the sheep industry and 'make interventions to support farmer incomes'.To do this, the farming minister said two possible options are being considered.One proposal includes a headage payment on breeding ewes. Mr Eustice said this would be important in the event that farmers producing lambs are the ones who have the shock to their income.

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