PorkLink launched in Scotland

A new scheme to restore confidence in pig farming in Scotland has been launched by Asda, Vion Food Group and Scottish Pig Producers.

The Asda PorkLink scheme aims to strengthen links with farmers by creating a number of benefits, including bonus payments for Q-grade pigs and prompt payment within seven days.

The scheme, which will also see a training and research farm set up and regular producer group meetings, is aiming to encourage consistency of supply, greater financial stability and improved quality.

Paul Armstrong, Asda’s senior pork buyer, said: “Asda has a 20-year alliance with Scottish Pig Farmers and, by working closely with Vion and Scottish Pig Producers, we believe that Asda PorkLink will help to build a stronger supply chain and deliver greater sustainability for our Scottish pig farmers.”

Sandy Howie, chairman of Scottish Pig Producers, said: “We are delighted with the launch of the Asda PorkLink scheme, which demonstrates the benefits of close co-operation between farmer, processor and retailer. We believe this will deliver greater stability for Scottish pig farmers and help to restore confidence in the sector. We hope this will encourage further and closer ties between supply chain partners.”