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Consumers have their say on buying British

ITV Border spoke to a number of consumers outside of the supermarket to ask how they felt about buying local, Scottish and British produce over imported products.

Here's what they had to say:

"It's difficult in all sectors of farming"

Lochmaben farmer David Kincaid Credit: ITV Border

Farmers nationwide have been campaigning for months against the price of milk and meat in the UK market. They argue that the price is at an unacceptably low level and that they're running at a loss with many of their products.

Trust the Tractor campaign is encouraging consumers to think twice about what produce they're buying and where it's from.

Local farmers form Dumfriesshire met with consumers to explain why they feel it's important for people to support the farming industry by buying local, Scottish and British produce.

"There is product coming into the UK saying it's packaged and processed in the UK when infact it's not a UK produced product and that's where the red tractor logo comes in.

"It's difficult in all sectors of farming presently, even the sheep, the beef, the dairy farming in particular, the potato farming, all sectors of farming are under pressure at the minute from weather conditions as well as bad prices."

– David Kincaid, Farmer

Trust the Tractor campaign in Dumfries and Galloway

The red tractor symbol shows that the product has met certified standards Credit: ITV Border

Farmers from across Dumfries and Galloway have joined forces with NFU Scotland to urge consumers to buy local produce.

The Trust the Tractor campaign aims to educate consumers about where the product has come from, by allowing for full traceability.

"The red tractor symbol is actually there to showcase UK produce both Scottish and UK wide. Very much what you're looking for is hopefully the British flag on the front but specifically the Red Tractor on the back. It's very much about the traceability of the food from farm to packaging."

– Teresa Dougall, Regional manager, NFU Scotland

Farmers campaign in Dumfries

It follows protests over milk prices in Dumfries. Credit: ITV Border

Farmers will be out talking to shoppers in Dumfries today, as part of a campaign to get more people to buy quality-assured British food.

NFU Scotland is taking part in Red Tractor Week to rally support from consumers.

As part of the campaign farmers are going to be at the Tesco store in Dumfries.

It follows on from a protest about milk prices outside another Dumfries supermarket last month.


Price of Scottish lamb 'at seven-year low'

The price of Scottish lamb has dropped. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/PA Images

The National Farmers Union in Scotland says the price of lamb is at a seven-year low.

It's calling for supermarkets to stock more British lamb as well as cheaper imports from New Zealand.

Farmers say they're getting 20 per cent less compared to 12 months ago:

It's been quite tough because we were getting reasonable prices this time last year and you're putting a lot of work in to producing the lambs, so to be sending them off and getting lower prices is a wee bit demoralising."

– Charlotte Hendry, farmer

WATCH: 'The countryside is not a haven for criminals'

NFU Scotland are keen to send a clear message to everyone, that crime will not be tolerated in the countryside.

Earlier we spoke to Teresa Dougall who is the NFU regional manager for Dumfries and Galloway.

NFU: 'Rural crime will not be tolerated'

NFU warn theft of livestock will not be tolerated Credit: PA

The National Farmers Union Scotland are warning people that rural crime will not be tolerated.

It comes after 250 sheep and lambs were stolen from a farm near Moffat.

The animals, worth around £20,000 were taken during the night and there's been no trace of them since.

The owner of the sheep has been farming the land for decades and was left devastated by the theft. NFU Scotland are urging everyone to be vigilant:

Although this isn't a common occurrence in Dumfries and Galloway, it is a reminder for everyone to be aware of what's going on around them in the countryside.

Farmers need to make sure everything is securely locked and any members of the public who notice suspicious behaviour are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

This is a terrible case of rural crime and difficult for all involved."

– Teresa Dougll, NFU Scotland
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