Kate takes up role as QMS board member

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A Borders farmer is one three new members appointed to the board of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) by the Scottish Government following a rigorous selection process.

Kate Rowell, a qualified vet and farmer from Peeblesshire, has been appointed along with butcher Jock Gibson from Forres and Dumfrfies farmer Scott Henderson. The appointments will be for four years.

Jim McLaren, chairman of QMS, said: “It is extremely encouraging that so many skilled and knowledgeable people applied for the positions and I welcome the selection of three individuals who are well respected in the industry. We look forward to welcoming Kate, Jock and Scott on board and I am confident they will bring a valuable combination of skills, fresh ideas and experience to the board.

“Our thanks go to John Craig, who is standing down this month, for his commitment and enthusiasm during his term on the board.”

Scottish Government announced the re-appointment of Jim McLaren as QMS chairman in January this year, when board member John Scott was also re-appointed.

Kate Rowell is a beef and sheep farmer from an upland LFA farm in Peeblesshire which runs 75 suckler cows, 430 mule ewes and 350 blackface ewes. She is a qualified vet and worked in a mixed practice in the North of England for eight years before returning home to take over the family farm. She and her husband have been monitor farmers for the last two years and she has been involved in helping at her children’s schools and on farm visits with the RHET.