A north-east farmer has welcomed funding aimed at supporting those hardest hit during the Beast from the East – but hopes more can be done.
The first payments have been made to farmers who applied for additional support to offset costs of uplifting dead sheep and cattle during February to April.
The £250,000 fund is being distributed to farmers by the National Fallen Stock Scheme (NFSCo) on behalf of the Scottish Government.
It means 2,930 farmers will benefit with an average payment of £85.32 through the fallen stock fund.
Sandy Tulloch, who owns the Miltonbank Farm between Alford and Lumphanan welcomed the funding, but said more could have been done.
The 66-year-old said the north-east was “cruelly hit” during the bad weather this year.
Sandy, who is part of the national Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) committee of the National Farmers Union (NFU) of Scotland, said: “It was a pretty awful time earlier in the year.
“The sheep and the cattle were battling the elements and I’m afraid we did have animals die in the area.
“The weather was particularly cruel for the cattle and sheep.
“Any funding is to be welcomed and it would be a shot in the arm but it won’t really change much.
“I’m not sure whether I’m getting funding as I am yet to hear.
“I would have liked to have seen funding possibly being given out for feed instead to make sure the animals had something to eat.
“However £250,000 wouldn’t have gone far if it was done in that case as feed is expensive.”
Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing said the Scottish Government had made a commitment to helping the farmers.
He said: “I saw first-hand the impact that the prolonged wet and severe weather had on farmers, resulting in higher numbers of dead animals, and acute shortages in fodder across the country.
“I hope the payments will be of benefit to those farmers who battle on.”