Scotland to appoint pig veterinary advisor

Scotland's red meat sector is to appoint a dedicated pig veterinary advisor in a bid to maintain and improve the health of the Scottish pig herd.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is co-ordinating the appointment and the position will be funded by the Scottish government.

QMS head of industry development Andy McGowan said: "This is a unique opportunity for a talented veterinarian to lead the ambitious plans of the Scottish pig industry towards national control and eradication of significant endemic diseases.

"Scotland's pig sector is amongst the best in Europe in disease prevention but there's still scope to improve. The employment of someone dedicated to working closely with the industry can help them achieve a high health status for the Scottish pig herd, putting us on track to match the efficiency of the best in the world."

The funding is part of a £1 million sustainability package pledged to the pig industry by Rural Affairs secretary Richard Lochhead in August 2008. Other projects which have been given the go-ahead for funding include: a pig business network to improve benchmarking, collaboration and efficiencies across the supply chain; research into pig meat labelling and new guidance and one-to-one advice on slurry and waste management.