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New appointments boost at Thainstone

By David Porter

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Leading member-owned co-operative, ANM Group, has announced a series of new appointments to its livestock team based at Thainstone and Caithness.

Fiona Davidson
Fiona Davidson

Fiona Davidson joins the Company to manage their deadweight marketing division, trading as Highland Glen, where her role will be to coordinate prime cattle and sheep for abattoir outlets.

She has a strong farming background and track record in the local meat processing sector.

Andy Duncan
Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan takes up his new role as livestock fieldsman for Thainstone Online, building on the success of ANM’s sector leading online portal.

He will provide support to customers in taking up exceptional online opportunities, as well as live special online sales.

Rod Mackenzie
Rod Mackenzie

Rod Mackenzie joins as the cooperative’s centre manager for Caithness and Lerwick - bringing his extensive experience to this new role as lead auctioneer and heading up the canvassing team for the centres.

Rod is formerly the Black Isle Show secretary and a leading figure in the northern rural economy as Convener of the Crofting Commission.

Stuart Slesser
Stuart Slesser

Stuart Slesser, an established figure at ANM, has moved from Caithness to Thainstone where he will further enhance the auctioneering and canvassing team.

The news comes after a series of recent announcements that have boosted its online offer through www.thainstoneonline.co.uk, along with new industry-leading member benefits including commission rates from as low as 3 per cent.

The Group is one of the largest and most progressive producer-owned farming, food and finance businesses in Scotland and ranked in the Top 25 of UK co-operatives.

Grant Rogerson, chief executive said: “I have made clear over many months that we see our future as one based on continuing innovation and investment.

"Innovation in bringing new ideas to the fore including continual development of our member benefit offer which has seen our cooperative grow in size, and investment in our people which sees this significant series of appointments further boost our marts’ capacity and expertise.

“The recent period has been one of great uncertainty for the rural economy, not least of all through the Covid-19 restrictions, but we are investing now to grow our business for the future, by providing higher standards of service than ever before.”

John Angus, head of livestock said: “Our focus is to provide an ever-stronger range of services to back our local livestock producers, and continue to deliver an efficient, cost effective and professional service that gives them best value.“

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