With thanks to Kenneth Hutchison,
Parliamentary Assistant to Dr. Eilidh Whiteford.
Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford has given her wholehearted backing to NFU Scotland and the Press and Journal’s campaign to ensure the ongoing viability of the north-east dairy industry.
Adding her name to the list of supporters, Dr Whiteford stressed the need for a vibrant dairy sector in the north-east, and urged shoppers to buy local milk, and to lobby supermarkets to support local farmers.
Speaking after a meeting with NFUS representatives and farmers at new Deer Show, Dr Whiteford said:
“The closure of the Muller plant has undoubtedly been a blow to our north-east dairy farmers, and it’s difficult to overstate the challenges the industry faces.
“That’s why it’s more important than ever for consumers to support farmers in the north-east. It’s also why supermarkets have to do their bit by ensuring that these same farmers receive a fair payment for the top-quality milk they supply.
“Agriculture is the mainstay of many rural towns and villages in Banff and Buchan, and I am very happy to support this campaign.”
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Any truth in the rumour that the SNP have rolled out a Getting It Right For Every Calf(GIRFEC) scheme, in which every calf will have a named cow, usually Daisy or Buttercup, assigned to keep an eye on them and share information, or would this be a really stupid thing to do, on the basis that the implementation of such a scheme would be out with the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament?