Bright future for Scottish pig industry

The future for pig farming in Scotland is looking positive, according to the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Scotland’s New Generation Committee and Scottish Pig Producers. 

Both organisations have teamed up in search of the pig producers of tomorrow.

The outlook of pig production in the country has been improved by the weak pound, investment from Tulip in new abattoir facilities and the increasing commitment to domestic pork from retailers.

However, to meet this demand, Scotland needs more pig farmers, particularly more finishing units.

“We are looking for the next generation of pig farmers to drive the industry forward and add dynamism to the sector,” said chief executive of Scottish Pig Producers, Andy McGowan.

“To help new entrants to pig production on their way, we are working on a package with feed merchants and abattoirs to assist them. We are also putting in place a mentoring system involving existing producers so the new businesses have the best chance of success.”

He added that it is an exciting time for Scottish pigs. “We have strong market signals and there is growing optimism in the sector. If you are thinking of diversifying your business or looking for a new challenge, the time could be right as we have opportunities for both new and existing farmers. All that may be needed is a spare shed to finish animals.”

Mark Donald, chair of NFU Scotland’s New Generation Committee, added: “This is a fantastic example of cooperation to the benefit of both parties. It is a great chance for new and developing farmers to both start and strengthen their businesses.

“The barriers to entry into this type of farming are much lower than in many other sectors. Indeed, some very successful farmers have started with only a shed and the drive to succeed.
“The New Generation group of NFUS would be delighted to assist, where possible, anyone who is seeking more information or guidance on the offer from Scottish Pigs.”

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