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Sheep Farmers

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 23 April 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the current prospects for sheep farmers.

The sheep sector remains strong. Our breeding flock continues to expand steadily and our exports increased by 27 per cent. in 1986. My aim will be to ensure that the sector remains competitive and that sheep production can continue to play its important role, particularly in the economy of the hills and uplands.