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ANM Group announce key Orkney appointments

By David Porter

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Scotland’s leading member owned co-operative, ANM Group, has announced two major appointments to its Livestock Division to strengthen its Orkney and Shetland operations.

Kerry Omand takes on a part-time role as Livestock Procurement Agent for Orkney.
Kerry Omand takes on a part-time role as Livestock Procurement Agent for Orkney.

This announcement demonstrates the Group’s long-term commitment to both existing and new customers in the Isles and the vital role that Orkney and Shetland play in the co-operative’s success.

The appointments see Michael Sleigh promoted to Livestock Procurement Manager for Orkney and Shetland.

Michael has been a long-standing employee of ANM for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience working with both stock and customers from the Isles.

In his role, Michael will be responsible for the procurement of all livestock from the Isles to be marketed through the Group’s Thainstone Centre. In addition, Michael will be working closely with ANM’s Shetland auctioneer Ellis Mutch, supporting and promoting the Lerwick sales and the long-standing partnership with Shetland Livestock Marketing Group.

In addition, the Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Kerry Omand to a part-time role as Livestock Procurement Agent for Orkney. Kerry brings a wealth of local knowledge to the team, as a former NFU Policy Advisor Kerry represented NFUS Orkney members, influenced policy and liaised with agricultural stakeholders at a local and national level.

John Angus, Head of Livestock said: “The appointment of Michael and Kerry, with their understanding of customer requirements, wealth of skills and knowledge, allows us as a Group to support our customers, improve our service levels and reach a wider customer base”

Grant Rogerson, ANM Group Chief Executive said: “we value greatly our longstanding relationship with Orkney and Shetland, these appointments are strategically important for the Group as we look to further strengthen our operations in the Isles.

“As a co-operative, we are here to deliver for our members and customers. Our teams provide a range of professional services to promote and market stock to our extensive customer network using a variety of routes to market including our online bidding systems ensuring our sales are accessible to all and best prices are achieved.

"We continue to expand our livestock operations across Orkney and Shetland and ensure more customers can experience the benefits of dealing with a co-operative society, delivering value and returns for their businesses.”

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