26 OCT 2012

Small Family Farmers

It was great to meet up with so many small family farmers, but I was saddened to hear again how many farms have been affected by Bovine TB. We discussed the need to rebalance Single Farm Payments to better support small family farms and recognise their important contribution to wild life, our rural economy and the community.

We spoke about the increasing cost and complexity of farm machinery and their need to have access to local abattoirs to reduce stressful animal movement and red tape.

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