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Compensation call for ram sales
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Organisers of the sales are facing a 73,000 loss
A Borders MSP has called for compensation to be considered after the Kelso ram sales were cancelled due to foot-and-mouth restriction.

John Lamont said the organisers were facing a 73,000 loss due to abandoning the annual event earlier this month.

He said the costs would "hit the industry very hard at a time when it was already suffering".

First Minister Alex Salmond has already written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown to seek compensation for farmers.

Mr Lamont said he had been contacted by the ram sale organisers - the Border Union Agricultural Society - to see if they could claim some compensation.

'Indirect impact'

"The BUAS has arranged this show every year since 1836, except for 2001 when another foot-and-mouth outbreak also caused its cancellation," he said.

"Unlike 2001 however, organisation for this year's event was well under way and the union had already committed a huge amount of money for the show.

"All this is another example of the indirect impact of foot-and-mouth to farming and proof that even in Scotland, far away from Surrey, we are still falling victim to this latest outbreak."

Mr Lamont has written to Agriculture Secretary Richard Lochhead seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the situation.

The Scottish Government has already contacted the UK Government to seek a fully-funded compensation scheme.


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