Gloucester Old Spot pigs eating total mixed ration© Jonathan Page

NFU Scotland’s New Generation Committee is aiming to recruit new pig producers as the market improves.

Working alongside marketing co-op Scottish Pig Producers, NFUS hopes to take advantage of weakened sterling, an increased demand for domestic pork from retailers and investment from food processor Tulip, to drive the Scottish pig industry forward.

The scheme will create a package for would-be pig farmers, including assistance from feed merchants and abattoirs as well as a mentoring system provided by existing producers.

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“It is an exciting time for Scottish pigs,” said chief executive of Scottish Pig Producers, Andy McGowan.

“We have strong market signals and there is growing optimism in the sector.”

The scheme does not just apply to new producers according to chair of NFU Scotland’s New Generation Committee, Mark Donald: “It is a great chance for new and developing farmers to both start and strengthen their businesses.”

He added: “The barriers for entry into this type of farming are much lower than in many other sectors. Some very successful farmers have started with only a shed and the drive to succeed.”

For more information regarding the offer from Scottish Pigs, contact John Sleigh on 07827 910 624 or email john.sleigh@nfus.org.uk.