Robert Gilchrist has been appointed to Quality Meat Scotland’s Industry Development team as a Knowledge Transfer Specialist.
Mr Gilchrist (36), an agriculture graduate from the Scottish Agriculture College, Aberdeen (now known as Scotland’s Rural College), was most recently employed as a ruminant nutritionist with Richard Keenan (UK) Ltd where he specialised in beef nutrition over the past four years.
Mr Gilchrist, who is married to Rachel, a solicitor, and has two children, was brought up on his family’s cattle and sheep farm in the Carse of Gowrie to the east of Perth. In the early part of his career he worked with Ringlink (Scotland) Ltd as an Area Manager and was then promoted to Regional Manager.
Mr Gilchrist’s role with QMS will involve the effective delivery of a range of activities aimed at improving the efficiency, productivity and profitability of beef and lamb for the Scottish red meat processing industry.
“Robert has a wide knowledge of livestock production as well as a great enthusiasm for Scottish farming and I am delighted to welcome him to the team,” said Johnny Mackey, QMS Head of Industry Development.
“Robert will play a key role in supporting and encouraging farmers to take steps to improve the management and technical performance of their businesses. The uptake of ‘proven solutions’ by farmers is crucial to the long-term sustainability of our industry.”