15th March 2018

New Brands Integrity Advisor for Quality Meat Scotland

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Jackie Burgess as its new Brands Integrity Advisor.

Jackie (24) will be working on a range of Brands Integrity activities including providing an advisory and liaison service for the whole chain quality assurance programme. This will involve working with external contractors and developing strong relationships with farmers, primary and secondary processors, auction markets, hauliers, feed suppliers and other key stakeholders.

Jackie has a degree in Agricultural Science from the Scottish Rural University College. She has worked as a laboratory assistant with SRUC in the Scottish Borders since 2016 and prior to this, she was employed as a sheep AI technician with Ovibreed.

Jackie enjoys helping on her family’s farm in Lockerbie in her spare time and also takes part in young farmers events such as stock judging, sheep dressing and sports.

Alan Clarke, QMS Chief Executive, said he was delighted to welcome Jackie to the team.

“The QMS assurance schemes are fundamental to maintaining the integrity of the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands. The importance of quality assurance to consumers continues to grow and is a crucial aspect of the long-term sustainability of the Scottish red meat industry,” said Mr Clarke.

“Jackie is a valuable addition to the team and brings a great deal of practical knowledge and experience from her industry experience.”

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