Familiar face joins AHDB dairy team in Scotland

Friday, 10 July 2020

AHDB has appointed Doreen Anderson to the newly created role of Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager for Dairy in Scotland.

Doreen has worked with AHDB for eight years, most recently as Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager for Benchmarking and Farm Economics.  During that time she led a UK-wide team working across the livestock and arable sectors.

Doreen is already well known to dairy farmers in Scotland, having previously worked as AHDB’s Regional Officer for Dairy, responsible for collecting financial data from dairy farmers involved in the Benchmarking Discussion Groups. 

Paul Flanagan, Dairy Strategy Director and Director of AHDB in Scotland, said: “We are delighted that Doreen is taking on this strategically important role for us in Scotland. Doreen has a good understanding of the dairy sector from her time at AHDB. Her wealth of agricultural experience and wide network of contacts across the farming industry in Scotland and beyond means that we have the perfect person taking over the reins.”

Doreen lives on a beef and sheep farm in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway so is perfectly placed for the interaction with the dairy industry in South West Scotland and across the rest of the country.

Doreen will start her new role on 1 August. She said: “I am looking forward to joining AHDB’s National Dairy Team, drawing on my experience of running AHDB’s Benchmarking programme to encourage dairy farmers to increase their business competitiveness.

“I will also be working collaboratively with dairy leads in other key organisations including NFU Scotland, SRUC and the Scottish Government to provide visibility of our activities and integrate work programmes where we can.”

Doreen will be responsible for ensuring that AHDB continues to develop and deliver programmes and practical tools that will enable Scotland’s 800+ dairy farmers to thrive.

She will work closely with AHDB’s Strategic Dairy farm host Willie Baillie, at AHDB Farm Excellence member, Hillhead of Covington farm, in Lanarkshire. She will share his on-farm experience and report back to dairy farmers across the UK.

 A second Strategic Dairy farm for Scotland will be announced shortly.