Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the public body which works to improve the efficiency and profitability of the Scottish red meat industry, has appointed Ian MacDougall as its new Technical Projects Manager.
An agriculture graduate from the University of Aberdeen, Ian (46) has joined QMS having been employed most recently as Business Development Manager with Biobest Laboratories where he developed their cattle health services over the previous six years.
Ian was brought up on his family’s beef and sheep upland farm, Nether Linkins, near Castle Douglas with continued involvement more recently on the family’s unit in Cumbria producing pedigree sheep and cattle. In the early part of his career he worked 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.
Ian’s 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 research and development projects on-going 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.”