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New farming entrants will benefit from a ?5 million boost as part of the latest round of Rural Priorities funding, worth more than ?20 million in total.

The announcement by The Scottish Government will support the protection and creation of around 1,200 jobs across Scotland and brings the total amount distributed through the scheme to almost ?550 million since it was launched in 2008.

One direct beneficiary will be a new entrant farmer’s sheep milking business in Carnwath.

Responding to the announcement, Clydesdale’s MSP, Aileen Campbell said:

"This latest round of more than ?20 million of Rural Priorities funding will provide much-needed support to rural and community enterprises and businesses across Scotland.

"As well as safeguarding and creating many jobs across rural Scotland, the funding will support a wide variety of projects across the nation.

"I’m particularly delighted with the award of ?100,000 to Walston Braehead Farm, Carnwath, which will assist in the investment in a new herringbone sheep milking parlour, sheep building and feed storage.

"The grant for this farm will allow a 25 per cent expansion of the sheep milking flock to meet increasing demand from a local cheese maker and secure the new entrant’s future in agriculture.

"It will also provide the farm with six months of slurry storage facilities, while crucially securing two permanent and two temporary jobs.

"It is really good to see almost ?5 million of the overall funding is targeted at supporting new entrants to farming, a key priority for the Scottish Government to enhance the future of Scottish agriculture.

"This funding will continue to deliver wider economic and environmental benefits to rural communities like Clydesdale for many years to come."

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