New managing director for MLCSL

Christine Walsh has been appointed managing director of Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL), the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of AHDB. 

MLCSL is best known for the independent carcase classification and dressing inspection service it provides to red meat abattoirs across the UK, against which beef, sheep and pig producers are paid deadweight for their stock.

Inspectors for the organisation classify around 90% of total British slaughtering of cattle, 85% of pigs and 90% of sheep sold deadweight. (or 73% cattle, 83% pigs and 43% of total livestock slaughterings).

Walsh is a qualified chartered mechanical engineer and has worked as a lean manufacturing engineer with Ford Motor Company and as a manufacturing consultant in a variety of industries delivering business improvement through “lean” implementation.

She first started in the red meat sector in 2006 with the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF), delivering a project on evaluating the 5th quarter sector and was instrumental in the setting up and running of the Meat Management course at Cranfield University. In 2012 she joined EBLEX (now AHDB Beef & Lamb) as supply chain and business development manager where she was responsible for delivering a number of UK projects on red meat labelling, environmental footprint and industry sustainability, including some projects in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Environment Agency, and in the EU with the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV).

She said “My task is to enable the business to increase sales and to improve operational cost-efficiency, whilst developing staff to capitalise on opportunities now and in the future, as our marketplace changes and adopts new technologies.

Ian Black, MLCSL interim chairman, said “The board is delighted to have someone of Christine’s calibre and sector knowledge leading a highly committed team. This business is operating in a very challenging environment with the focus on delivering an excellent service to the abattoirs and accurate and reliable information to the producer in a cost effective manner which ensures a profitable business able to invest in future innovation and improvement.”

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