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Scottish Farmers Receive SRDP

09 June 2010

SCOTLAND, UK - The Scottish poultry and dairy industry featured highly in yesterday's list of recipients for Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) cash share of £60 million.

A dairy farm in the Nairn area will receive £1.092 million, to help expand their cow numbers from 700 up to 1,200 and install a state-of-the-art milking parlour according to The Scotsman.

In Forth Valley, Adam Nicolson, from Balfron, will receive £577,000 to help support his dairy enterprise, reports The Scotsman.

In Orkney, Erland Wood will get a grant of £130,000 towards improving farm buildings.

In Dumfries and Galloway, a farm diversification sees Rory Young expand the family business away from beef cattle into egg laying. He will receive £559,847 to help towards the establishment of two 16,000-bird units.

In the north-east, two farms also received SRDP funds to help either set up or convert their premises to egg-laying units. These are I. & J. McRae in Huntly, who have received a grant of £226,000 towards the setting up of a 16,000-bird egg-laying unit and G. Watson by Fraserburgh, with a £129,000 grant to help convert their former dairy unit into a free-range-egg-laying enterprise.

The biggest award in the £60 million of public cash announced by the cabinet secretary for rural affairs, Richard Lochhead, with a £1.646 million grant going to former Grampian Country Food founder, Fred Duncan.

His farm manager, Dave Green, said that the cash was being used to convert some of his large pig units for keeping hens. Again, the plan was to use the enriched colony system, which operates to the latest welfare standards.

The biggest support for the pig industry comes with a £466,140 award to major pig producer, John Forbes, at Laurencekirk.

Covering as it does a wide range of rural activities, the rural secretary accepted there would be those who failed to get through the system.

"I can appreciate some people being unhappy. But the SRDP is the biggest scheme for channelling money into the rural economy," Mr Lochhead said.

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