Farmers in recent years have been confronted with many difficulties - foot and mouth, BSE, falling livestock prices and dairy incomes, a strong pound and now, proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy and European funding. It all adds up to the biggest threat hill farming has ever faced.
For us, conservation is a priority. For a farmer on the breadline there are, understandably, other things to worry about. But, despite this apparent divide, the challenges facing the industry bring new opportunities to work together.
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