Tulip bacon and AP Jess have entered a long term contract which will see the Brechin abattoir being used for slaughtering pigs, a move which has been welcomed by NFU Scotland.
The move will greatly increase the processing capacity for pigs in Scotland to the benefit of both producers and consumers and could see up to 30 jobs being created.
Philip Sleigh, chairman of the NFU Scotland Pigs Committee, said: “Today’s news is a timely boost to Scottish pig farmers who have been enduring rocketing costs and poor prices, sending many producers out of business.
“The contract at Brechin should ensure that the majority of pigs produced in Scotland will now be processed in Scotland.
“And competition for pigs in the market can only be a good thing for producers.
“Of course all pigs being processed in Scotland does not necessarily equate to profitability for the pig sector.
“We still need a decent return from the market that reflects the high quality and high welfare product we produce.
“Tulip and AP Jess have recognised that processing within Scotland makes commercial sense, and this investment sends a clear signal that the Specially Selected Pork brand is getting the recognition it deserves.”
Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland, added: “This is clearly good news for pig producers in Scotland.
“This commitment gives our Scottish production base, which has been enduring a difficult period of falling throughput and volatile grain prices, a welcome boost.
“This announcement is another promising sign for the Scottish pig industry which has a great deal to be proud of including the world-leading quality assurance and welfare which underpins it.
“Our producers have also repeatedly shown their willingness to work together and embrace new technology to improve production as well as ground-breaking initiatives such as Specially Selected Pork Approved by the Scottish SPCA - the UK’s first ever farm assurance and food labeling scheme independently approved by an animal welfare charity.”