Pig World invited industry leaders to share their personal highs and lows from 2016, while also expressing a pig sector wish for 2017. Today’s contribution is from Andy McGowan, Chief Executive of Scottish Pig Producers.
PW – What was your pig sector highlight/lowpoint of 2016?
AM – My highlights this year were the completion of the upgrade at the QPL plant at Brechin, along with Cranswick’s purchase of Cullybackey, a move which should give that plant long-term sustainability.
PW – What do you most hope will be achieved by UK pig producers in 2017?
AM – We need stable prices at a level that leave producers some money in their pockets after a couple of grim years.
PW – What one pig industry experience did you enjoy most in 2016?
AM – The high level of interest from potential new entrants has been a very pleasant surprise this year and bodes well for the future.
The other fantastic experience was my chilli verde made from slow cooked pork shoulder & tomatillos.
PW – Free pig sector comment – something you feel strongly about.
AM – Brexit was the big policy event of the year but I’m increasingly optimistic that the British pig industry will thrive over the next few years as long as we can respond quickly and take advantage of the opportunities before others get in there first.