NFU Scotland has proposed a package of measures to ease the severe pressure on the nation’s pig sector caused by imports of cheaper pigmeat from continental Europe and the persistent high cost of grain. This includes proposals to ask the UK government to set out a timetable for a supermarket adjudicator and pushing for a move to less frequent risk-based Pollution Prevention and Control scheme inspections, in line with new European legislation.

The union said it was also seeking prioritization of the pigs sector for a future round of rural development funding. “The pig sector requires industry, government and levy boards to work collectively," said NFU Scotland Vice President John Picken. "This is not a call for an aid package, but is about developing measures to ensure the markets work fairly and in a way that ensures business can move forward.”