Mike Wijnberg, former president of the UK’s Pig Veterinary Society, has been appointed as managing director of SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College.

SAC Consulting’s new MD, Mike Wijnberg.

Mike will join the business from his current senior management role with the UK’s largest pig production and processing business, Tulip Ltd, and will officially take up his new post on June 1, 2015.

Originally from South Africa, Mike spent a decade in private veterinary practice in the town of Ladysmith, where he played a coordinating role in the development of regional cattle health schemes. He also built up his own beef suckler herd and also ran a seasonal cattle trading operation.

Mike moved to the UK in 1995 to take up the post of veterinary manager with the BQP farming business (now part of Tulip), where his role involved developing and managing Tulip’s pig production health strategy and leading the business’ interface with government and industry bodies on animal health issues. He has also been responsible for leading BQP’s interface with universities, industry bodies and NGOs on pig health and welfare issues. 

Mike was president of the Pig Veterinary Society from 2011-2012.

Of the appointment, SRUC’s acting chief executive Janet Swadling said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike to SAC Consulting. Given his extensive experience as a farmer and a practicing vet, and through his strategic and leadership roles within the agri-business sector, the Consulting Board and I are certain that he will bring a vast range of relevant experience, skills and wisdom to his new role.

“We feel sure that SAC Consulting will benefit immensely from Mike’s leadership, placing the business in the strongest possible position for success during what is undoubtedly a challenging yet exciting time for Scottish agriculture and for SRUC.”

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