Asda has launched a new scheme to ensure its pork supply and strengthen relations with pig producers.

PorkLink is a collaboration with Vion and Scottish Pig Producers. Similar to the supermarket's successful BeefLink and LambLink schemes, it aims to bring consistency of supply, better product quality and improved financial stability for farmers.

Under the scheme, livestock farmers will be paid in seven days and regular producer group meetings will be held. In addition, Vion Broxburn suppliers will receive a bonus for Q-grade pigs worth £250,000 per year and a PorkLink training and research farm will be launched.

Vion's Farmingnet abattoir reporting scheme will also be extended to the PorkLink programme.

"We believe that this will deliver greater stability for Scottish pig farmers and help to restore confidence in the sector," said Sandy Howie, chairman of SPP.