QMS appoints new technical manager

Scottish meat bosses have announced the appointment of a new technical projects manager to help improve knowledge exchange across the sheep and cattle sectors.

Ian MacDougall, an agriculture graduate from the University of Aberdeen, is joining Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), having previously worked as business development manager with Biobest Laboratories, where he developed its cattle health services over six years.   
 
Raised on a farm, MacDougall went on to work with Grampian Country Food Group, Highland Glen Producers and Meadow Valley Livestock before gaining wider industry experience with Ford Motor Company’s national business-to-business development team.  

His role with QMS will involve managing and developing knowledge exchange activities for the sheep and cattle sectors to maximise business development opportunities for the supply chain.  

He will also work on the continued development of the Monitor Farm and Business Improvement Groups (BIG) programmes, as well as focusing on the best routes to communicate information from these programmes and research findings in line with QMS’ research and development strategy.

“Ian has a wide knowledge of animal health and livestock, as well as rural and general business and I am delighted to welcome him to the team,” said Andy McGowan, QMS head of industry development.
 
“QMS has around 100 ongoing research and development projects, aimed at improving the efficiency and profitability of the Scottish red meat industry, and I am confident Ian will make a valuable addition to the organisation and our delivery of this work.”

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