Alan Clarke, Chief Executive of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), said:
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden loss of farming stalwart, Donald Biggar.
Mr Biggar, who was chair of Quality Meat Scotland from 2005 to 2011, passed away at his home, Chapelton Farm near Castle Douglas, on Saturday aged 68.
“He was a man of decency, integrity, purpose and resolve. The outcomes that Donald Biggar secured paved the way for a sustainable and profitable Scottish red meat industry and he was dedicated to ensuring that all aspects of the supply chain could move forward with confidence.
“As Chair of QMS, Mr Biggar was heavily involved in the levy body’s transition from private company to public body accountable to the Scottish Government, and helped secure the return of over £3.5m in levy from Meat and Livestock Commission before the formation of AHDB.
“Today our thoughts are with Mr Biggar’s wife Emma, children Jamie, Rachael and Duncan as well as all of his family.”