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‘Sheep farming needs to evolve post-Brexit’

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By Josh Loeb

Farmers look set to be handed emergency subsidies to stop a mass cull of sheep in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Vet Record understands.

Defra has not explicitly confirmed the plan but has dropped hints that it would provide direct cash payments to protect the most vulnerable sectors, including sheep farming.

National Sheep Association chief executive Phil Stocker said agriculture minister George Eustice had also given him a personal pledge.

He said Eustice had given ‘as strong a commitment as he could have done’ that Whitehall intends to provide financial support to tide farmers over in the event that a no-deal Brexit leads to a market crash.

Stocker praised this as a ‘huge breakthrough’ that gave farmers ‘confidence …

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