McIntosh Donald appointment

Scotland’s leading meat processors, McIntosh Donald, have appointed Murray Gibb as livestock procurement manager.

He will succeed Brian Anderson who is returning to manage the family farming business extending to 1000 acres in Aberdeenshire after 21 years with McIntosh Donald, the last four years as procurement manager.

Mr Gibb’s current role will be assumed by another member of the five-man procurement team, Peter Oag, who will also have particular responsibility for the procurement of organic cattle and sheep and Aberdeen-Angus cattle.

The changes will take place from February 1 and a new appointment to the procurement team will made early in the New Year.

McIntosh Donald process 1500 cattle and 2500 sheep a week at their Portlethen meat plant and supply more than 20% of beef sold under the Scotch brand.

Director, Alan McNaughton, said the company was disappointed to lose the services of Mr Anderson who had given outstanding service to McIntosh Donald and their farmer suppliers for 21 years but understood his wish to return to his first love of farming and the opportunity which had arisen to manage the expanding family farming business. The company wished him well in the future.

“We are delighted that Mr Anderson is to continue as a consultant and his long experience will be invaluable to the procurement team. It will be a seamless change-over as we have an experienced procurement team in place under Mr Gibb to continue the same dedicated service to our farmer suppliers throughout Scotland.”

Mr Anderson said he was sorry to be leaving McIntosh Donald but the opportunity of realising his long-held ambition to farm was too good to miss.

The other members of the procurement team are Ewan Hutcheson and Mike Cruickshank who is responsible for procurement administration and transport.

Murray Gibb, who also farms at Drumoak, has been a member of the procurement team for five years and was previously a farm assurance assessor for the Quality Meat Scotland beef and lamb assurance scheme.

Peter Oag worked on the family farm in Caithness before gaining an HND and BA in Rural Business Management at SAC Aberdeen. He joined McIntosh Donald in 2009.