Scotland’s pork industry remains robust despite Covid-19 challenges, according to pig farmer and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Board Member, Philip Sleigh [pictured].
Strong consumer demand and a collaborative sector approach has seen Scotland succeed when other markets, including America where hog prices have halved and Ireland which saw plants closing down altogether overnight.
In Scotland, consumer demand is staying strong, particularly for sausages and bacon where the price has remained stable and at close to record levels since before Christmas.
Mr Sleigh congratulated the sector for being robust in the face of significant challenges. He said: “Price is always important, but at times like this what matters is the ability to continue to move, process and slaughter animals.
“Between Scottish Pig Producers, Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Government, a huge amount of effort and pragmatism has gone into keeping meat plants going and product in front of consumers in the last few weeks to ensure the sector doesn’t stagnate. And all while keeping workers safe.
“There may be challenges ahead in balance carcase, but, like all the other work that’s been going on behind the scenes over the last few weeks, this is being addressed and planned for.
“We have seen a wave of support for UK food produce over the last few weeks from consumers. Going forward I hope that, having demonstrated that as an industry we can perform calmly and professionally when most needed, that we see a similar loyalty from UK-based retailers and that they recognise the value both of keeping the industry going and of the consumer support to stock more Scottish and British pork.”