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Industry Bodies to Hold Pig Crisis Meeting

by 5m Editor
16 October 2007, at 7:08am

SCOTLAND - NFU Scotland and Scottish Pig Producers are collaborating to hold a crisis meeting to outline the problems within the Scottish pig industry and to discuss how they can be addressed.

The pig industry in Scotland was under immense price pressure long before Food and Mouth disease hit Surrey in early August. Since then however, further feed price increases, as well as welfare issues being created on farm as a result of movement restrictions, have led to a deepening crisis. In addition, business costs imposed by compliance with Nitrate Vulnerable Zone regulations and, for larger units, Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control legislation, are spiralling. Many pig producers are questioning their future in the sector.

The crisis meeting, jointly hosted by NFU Scotland and Scottish Pig Producers, will be held on Thursday 25 October, at 7 p.m, at Lochter Activity Centre, Old Meldrum. All with an interest in the pig industry are invited to attend. Jim McLaren, NFU Scotland President will be addressing the audience.

Philip Sleigh, NFU Scotland North East Regional Chairman, and a pig farmer himself, said:

“This is a chance for people to hear what is being done by NFUS and Scottish Pig Producers to address the current crisis in the pig sector. It is important for our members to see what efforts are being made on their behalf and for them to have the opportunity to share their views on how we can move forward and dig the sector out of this awful climate.

“There is no doubt that we are currently facing a crisis which is threatening the entire Scottish pig industry and we must acknowledge that and ensure that retailers and consumers are also aware of the issues. Just as importantly however, is the need to think ahead and plan how we can move forward and what we can do to ensure that the pig industry has a future.

“We are also inviting politicians so that they can hear what needs to be done to ensure that Scottish pork and bacon remain on our shelves.”

5m Editor