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Rural Affairs Secretary should consider NFU Scotland’s proposal on common penalty breach: Hume

August 3, 2011 6:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the National Farmers Union of Scotland's (NFUS) calls for third party companies to be allowed to register the deaths of cattle, Scottish Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"Farmers and crofters in Scotland face an increasing amount of bureaucracy and red tape concerning their livelihoods. While regulation is needed to ensure the safety and longevity of the industry, we need to ensure this regulation is not implemented in an over-zealous way or significantly increases the load on farmers and crofters.

"With the failure to register the death of cattle and the return of their passports the most common breach, the proposal by NFUS to allow third party companies to register the death of cattle seems a common-sense approach to tackle this common penalty breach.

"The Rural Affairs Secretary should seriously consider this welcome proposal. The Scottish Government needs to be looking at ways of lifting the burden on Scotland's hard pressed farmers."