NFU report: Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Keeping livestock on the hills is the key to maintaining the character of areas like the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor, the NFU said this week.  

A new report, ‘Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands’ was launched at the NFU highlights how sheep and cattle have for hundreds of years shaped some of the country’s most iconic landscapes and communities. It also illustrates how producers continue to deliver high quality British beef and lamb in these areas.  

Accompanying this report is a policy document detailing the NFU’s commitment to the uplands. It outlines key priority areas such as CAP, climate change and relationships with agricultural stakeholders and explains why recognising the value of hill farmers is necessary for a viable and profitable hill and upland sector that will help shape a wide range of social, economic and cultural activities.

The uplands are dominated by livestock farming. England’s 2.2m hectares of uplands are home to 44 per cent of breeding ewes and 40 per cent of beef cows.  NFU hill and upland farming group chairman Robin Milton said: “There has been a lot of uncertainty facing hill farmers over the past 12 months with a number of contributing factors –such as the weather, rising costs and disease leading to hill farmers getting less for their produce while facing increasing production costs. However, I believe that there is a more prosperous future for hill farming with increasing demand for traceable, quality British produce.”  To view a copy of the report please visit