Thursday, 4 August 2016

Scotland 'needs more pig farmers', says pig industry

Scotland needs to recruit more pig farmers to meet increasing demand for the country's pork, according to industry leaders. NFU Scotland’s New Generation Committee is teaming up with marketing co-op Scottish Pig Producers in a search for the pig farmers of tomorrow. Both groups agree that the future looks bright for pig farming in Scotland and Scottish Pig Producersare looking to recruit new farmers.The weak pound, investment from Tulip in new abattoir facilities at Brechin and increasing commitmentto domestic pork from retailers has improved the outlook for pig production in Scotland. To meet this demand, Scotland needs more pig farmers and, in particular, more finishing units. Add dynamism to the sector Chief Executive of Scottish Pig Producers, Andy McGowan said the sector are looking for the next generation of pig farmers to drive the industry "forward" and "add dynamism" to the sector Mr McGowan said: "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."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.'Great example of cooperation'Mark Donald, Chair of NFU Scotland’s New Generation committee said it is a "fantastic example" of fantastic example of cooperation to the benefit of both parties."It is a great chance for new and developing farmers to both start andstrengthen 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.


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