New MD for MLCSL
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed a new managing director to head up its wholly-owned commercial subsidiary Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL).
Nick Kirby, who has 25 years experience of the agricultural sector, will take up his position at MLCSL on 1 September taking over from Peter Phythian, who left MLCSL earlier this summer. He will lead the business, which provides commercial data, advice, logistics and inspection services to the meat and livestock industry, as well as generating profits to supplement AHDB levy funds invested in home agriculture and horticulture.
MLCSL chairman and AHDB chief executive Tom Taylor said: “In Nick Kirby we have someone who’s steeped in the agriculture sector, has a significant and impressive amount of commercial experience, has managed sizeable workforces and brings formidable attention to customer needs and satisfaction”.
MLCSL operates an independent carcase classification service which now accounts for 90% of total British slaughtering of cattle, 82% of pigs and 68% of sheep, in addition to training farmers to achieve the best possible sale price for their livestock and processors to get optimum quality meat as part of the Eblex Better Returns project and HCC programme. It also offers an auditable stun process for abattoirs (a legal requirement from 2013), CCTV systems to help monitor animal welfare, humane slaughter and food hygiene and launched the first web-enabled data capture system for abattoir refrigeration.
Its consultancy team can help design new abattoirs, cutting plants and farm shops, while expertise is also on hand for beef export supply chains – on fifth-quarter products, spinal cord splitting, food packaging and infrared spectroscopy.