Sandy Howie recognised for contribution to Scottish pig industry

Sandy Howie has been awarded the 2014 Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award for his “immense” work in the Scottish pig industry.

The award, jointly sponsored by NFU Scotland (NFUS) and the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS), was presented to Howie at last week’s SAOS annual conference dinner. He stepped down as chairman of Scottish Pig Producers last year, and an unprecedented number of nominations were then received, urging his work and commitment to co-operation to be recognised.

Allan Bowie, NFUS vice-president, who announced the winner, said: “Sandy Howie is one of the finest and most successful supporters of co-operation in the Scottish farming sector. In his years in the chair at Scottish Pig Producers, he steered members through some turbulent times in the marketplace, navigated the closure of large pig processing sites in Scotland, and helped put in place a major retailer deal that had a significant impact on the fortunes of his co-op members.”

Howie joined the Board of Scottish Pig Producers in March 2000 and was appointed chairman in May 2004. During his chairmanship, he brought stability to the Scottish pig market by securing a contract with Asda, as well agreeing a joint marketing venture with Progressive Lean Pigs in Northern Ireland.

Howie did a lot of work for animal welfare, helping to improve the health of the Scottish pig herd through Wholesome Pigs Scotland, which he chaired from 2000. He has also held positions on the NFUS Pigs Committee and SAOS Council.

Andrew Peddie, SAOS chairman, added: “Sandy’s contribution to the entire Scottish pig industry has been immense.”

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