There are growing fears of a collapse in lamb prices in Scotland, as following the foot and mouth crisis producers north of the border say they are being offered prices as low as 200p/kg, down from up to 258p/kg ­before the outbreak. Scottish farmers' leaders are talking urgently with retailers about the need for them to stand by sheep producers. "The Scottish sheep sector was already under extreme pressure from low prices and rising costs, even before foot and mouth shut export markets," said NFUS vice president Nigel Miller. Quality Meat Scotland is to use reserve funds for a major marketing drive in a bid to boost sales domestically.

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