NFU Scotland’s new generation committee is joining forces with the marketing co-op Scottish Pig Producers (SPP) in a search for the pig farmers of tomorrow.
Both groups believe the future looks bright for pig farming in Scotland, with SPP currently looking to recruit new farmers.
“We are looking for the next generation of pig farmers to drive the industry forward and add dynamism to the sector,” said SPP chief executive, Andy McGowan (pictured above).
“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.”
The union’s Mark Donald, chair of the 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.”