13 January 2000
Leading Scots pig breeder quits

ONE of Scottish farmings best-known pig breeders has quit the business.

Faith Dalrymple, who served on the council of the National Farmers Union of Scotland for many years, is getting out 43 years after starting her operation.

Her breeding herd of 150 sows was based at Pathhead, Midlothian.

Ms Dalrymple said she was losing 12-14 per pig this year, and it had become “just not sustainable”

She remained bitter about the attitude of the supermarkets.

Ms Dalrymple was an enthusiastic advocate of the Scottish pig assurance scheme, but said she felt supermarket buying was driven solely by price.