June 27, 2008

Scotland to export unwanted pig parts to China


Scotland is exporting pork cuts it does not consume to China, a move that would boost Scottish pig farmers

Scotland's pig farmers are losing as much as GBP 22 (US$44) per animal due to rising feed costs. By exporting pig parts such as snouts, trotters and ears to China, pig farmers would be able to maximise their earnings.

This follows a long-awaited export deal signed between Scotland and China. Beijing had lifted sanctions imposed on the Scottish pig industry due to last year's foot-and-mouth disease scare.

"Given the difficult time Scottish pig farmers have faced, any new market development can only be a good thing provided, however, that the price they get is a fair one," said a spokeswoman for National Farmers Union Scotland.

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