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Sheep Breeding

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, in view of the loss of sheep flocks in this country, what steps he is taking to increase the stock of sheep; and if he will consider an increase in the price of wool and skins in order to encourage the further breeding up of sheep stock, or some encouragement to the farmer to keep and breed from all ewe lambs.

I would refer the hon. Member to my statement in the House on 3rd April, to the remarks of my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary in the Adjournment Debate on 18th April, and to the announcement issued to the Press on Saturday last, of which I am sending him a copy. The various measures therein mentioned should help farmers to tide over the difficult period ahead and encourage them to rebuild their flocks. As already announced, this year's wool clip is again being requisitioned at the same prices as prevailed in 1946. I am considering what further steps can be taken to encourage farmers to keep all ewe lambs suitable for breeding.