The Scottish pork industry has hailed a pig slaughter deal forged between meat giant Tulip and Scottish company AP Jess as a welcome boost to the industry.

Tulip the UK arm of Danish meat processor, Danish Crown officially announced last Friday that it had entered into a pig slaughter contract with the Scottish meat wholesaler.

Tulip would not reveal the length of the contract but confirmed it was "long-term". Agriculture director Andrew Saunders added that it looked forward to "working in partnership with the business".

The announcement was a promising sign for the Scottish pig industry, said Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland. "It gives our Scottish production base, which has been enduring a difficult period, a welcome boost."

AP Jess will slaughter pigs on behalf of Tulip at its Brechin abattoir premises in Angus, Scotland.