Giving up on the hills Public admission by a MAFF official of the poor quality of many hill lambs has provoked fury among sheep producers. Slaughterers and major retailers have complained quietly for years of the large proportion of unsaleable carcases, often approaching 50% of output, off high country farms. MAFF's Mike Roper mentioned the problem in a speech to the British Society of Animal Science and found himself pilloried by industry leaders. Roper, supported by colleagues, has suggested the hill sheep industry is fundamentally incapable of serving the commercial market without radical overhaul and might better be left with a purely environmental role. {{MEAT }}