Pig Producers’ Fund

Large White x Landrace Pig. Traquair Farms, Dalkeith. Photographer - Sarah Wood. Crown Copyright.
Katharine Johnston

A scheme will provide up to £715,000 of financial support to pig producers affected by the temporary closure of the abattoir at Brechin earlier this year.

The Pig Producers Hardship Support Scheme delivers essential funding to eligible pig producers who supplied the Quality Pig Processors (QPP) plant at Brechin between 8 February and 31 March and were paid £15 less per pig by the abattoir during this period.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said:

“I am very pleased to announce the opening of the Scottish Government’s Pig Producers Hardship Support Scheme for applications.

“The COVID-related closure of Brechin abattoir earlier this year and the subsequent loss of the plant’s export licence to China have had a negative impact on pig farmers, during already challenging times for the farming industry.

“We have worked closely with the sector to make sure that this hardship fund provides affected farmers with adequate financial support for losses incurred through no fault of their own.

The scheme is open for applications until 26 September 2021. I would encourage all eligible producers to submit their applications as soon as possible.”


Full details of the scheme are published on The Scottish Government website, including guidance for applications and eligibility criteria. Further support is also available by emailing pigproducers.support@gov.scot

Eligible pig producers should send the completed and signed application together with the supporting evidence via email to the Scottish Government at pigproducers.support@gov.scot 

Payments will be prioritised in the order in which applications are received and no later than 1 November 2021.