New phase for pig farm project

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Quality Meat Scotland has launched the search for a new pig monitor farm as the project moves into a new phase.

The latest three-year part of the project, which is being funded by QMS and the Scottish Government, was launched at the NFU Scotland AGM on Tuesday. This second phase will be based around a single monitor farm, but feature five regional groups to discuss lessons learned from it.

Phase one of the project, which was centred around two farms in Aberdeenshire and Angus, has come to the end of its three-year term.

Philip Sleigh, chairman of the NFU Scotland Pigs Working Group and a member of the QMS Pig Forum, said: “The launch of the new phase will offer further opportunities for farmers and stockmen to come along to meetings to help broaden the expertise of the Scottish pig industry.”

He added: “Everyone I’ve spoken to has had a positive experience from the meetings and they have all come back with some way to improve their enterprise. What is particularly good is that the meetings have had staff from throughout the pig enterprises, rather than just farmers and managers.”