Top geneticist joins Benchmark

Alan Tinch

DR Alan Tinch has joined Benchmark’s breeding and genetics business as technical services director, the company announced today.
Based in Edinburgh, he will be responsible for developing the technical support platform across several aquaculture species. The newly created role will accelerate Benchmark’s breeding and genetics offering.
Tinch, who studied genetics at the University of Edinburgh and the Roslin Institute, brings more than 28 years’ experience in commercial breeding programmes with salmonids, pigs and broiler chickens.
He joins the team from Hendrix Genetics, having previously worked at JSR Genetics and Aviagen.
He said: ‘Benchmark has developed a unique strategy to improve health, welfare and performance of the animals produced out of its breeding programmes.
‘Breeding programmes continue to deliver breeds with greater potential performance and customers require more information to optimise health, welfare and value.
‘I am excited to be joining the Benchmark team to help producers achieve the best performance from their stock.’
Malcolm Pye, Benchmark CEO, said: ‘One of the foundations of Benchmark is our knowledge and expertise, enabling us to stay ahead of the curve and provide our customers with first-hand insight.
‘We are pleased to welcome Alan into our world-class team and are confident he will play a key role in delivering our ambitious strategy of setting a new benchmark for sustainable food production.’