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Sunday, August 29, 1999 Published at 02:54 GMT 03:54 UK

World: Europe

Scottish sheep farmers 'need help'

The Scottish farming minister, Ross Finnie, has called for emergency aid from London to help alleviate the plight of sheep farmers.

He said that, with farmers having to accept record low prices for their flocks, a cull of ewes was needed and he was determined to secure central government money for it.

Mr Finnie, who's a Liberal Democrat in Scotland's coalition administration with Labour, is to meet the British Agriculture Minister, Nick Brown, next month to press for extra funding.

The Environment Minister, Michael Meacher, has conceded that farmers are facing their worst crisis since the 1930s.

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