Steve McMinn tell us why the Rare Breeds Survival Trust supports the Farm for Scotland’s Future campaign, and why it wants to see government policy reflect the role of native breeds in supporting biodiversity:
‘The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is delighted to join others in calling for a new farm funding system that works for nature, climate, and people. We believe that grazing with native breeds can play an important role in the development and maintenance of natural habitats which will in turn support an increase in biodiversity.
‘The use of the right breed, in the right place, at the right density can help us to address future challenges of disease resistance and susceptibility, climate adaptation, food security and resilience.
‘RBST feels that native breeds should be seen as being crucial in bringing greater sustainability to modern farming and land management practices and that government policy and funding should reflect this.’
Steve McMinn is a trustee of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and chair of the RBST Scotland Support Group.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of all the organisations backing the Farm for Scotland’s Future campaign.