HILL FARMERS and crofters have been issued a reminder that the ewe hogg scheme deadline is less than two weeks away.

For both online and postal applications, the deadline is midnight on Monday 30 November and indications are that the number of applications received is lower than at the same point in 2019 but the rate at which applications are being received is now building.

Payments for ewe hoggs eligible through the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme delivers vital support that underpins the viability of many hill farming and crofting businesses.

NFU Scotland Livestock Policy Manager John Armour said: “A significant number of applicants already have submitted their SUSSS applications online but at busy times of the year, scheme deadlines can often slip the mind. Given the importance of this funding stream to hill farmers and crofters, worth around £7 million in total, we urge all those who are eligible to crack on with their applications ahead of 30 November.”