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Sheep meat self-sufficiency; self-shearing flocks; private investment in Scotland's environment; Dartmoor rangers.

The UK produces around 300,000 tonnes of sheep meat annually and consumes a similar amount. But we still export and import a significant quantity, Charlotte Smith finds out why.

All this week we've been focusing on sheep farming - and following a discussion yesterday on farmers' concerns over post-Brexit trade, some listeners had questions about whether the UK could become self-sufficient in sheep meat, once we leave the EU.
The UK produces around 300,000 tonnes of sheep meat annually, and consumes a similar amount: but still exports and imports a significant quantity. Charlotte Smith finds out why, from John Richards, industry development manager with Meat Promotion Wales.
Meanwhile Rebecca Rooney meets a breed of self-shearing sheep, the Wiltshire Horn, in Castle Combe.

The 'One Billion Pound Challenge' has just been launched as part of the new Scottish Conservation Finance Project, an initiative led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency which aims to generate private investment in Scotland’s natural capital.
The idea is that this money will fund rural projects, delivering environmental, social and economic goods - as well as dividends for investors.
Charlotte speaks to Jo Pike, deputy chief executive at the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

And rangers on Dartmoor have had their police powers renewed for another three years.
Since 2015, park officials have had the authority to stop traffic, supervise road closures and support officers in reducing anti-social behaviour and low-level crime.
BBC South West's Anna Varle reports.

Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Lucy Taylor.

14 minutes


  • Thu 28 Feb 2019 05:45