Financial woes of hill farmers

HILL farmers who look after the landscape of the Peak District are struggling to make ends meet due to rising cost of rent and livestock feed, and uncertainty over subsidies.

Farmers from the national park are among those who have taken part in a studies by the National Farmers Network and Oxfam.

The reports revealed cashflow problems have forced some hill farmers to take drastic action – cutting back on the weekly grocery bill and forgoing basics such as food – as well as slashing costs to keep their farms viable.

Robin Milton, National Farmers’ Union upland group chairman, said: “These farmers need respect as they look after the uplands on a daily basis and make sure these iconic landscapes are maintained and accessible.

“It is absolutely vital they are treated fairly for their hard work.”