NAME: David Edwin Silverside
POSITION: Private Consultant
SPECIALISM: Meat Technology
KEY EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE
Between 1971 and 2001
I was employed by the Natural Resources Institute, an institution bought by the
· Previously, I worked as a scientist for 10 years for J Sainsbury where I gained experience in biochemical and biophysical analyses of meat and meat products, general food analysis, microbiology, packaging and their allied disciplines. Projects were related to slaughter, dressing, refrigeration, butchery, manufacture, processing, quality control, transport, display and consumer acceptance of meat and meat products from all usual classes of livestock.
QUALIFICATIONS (including membership of professional bodies)
CBiol, MIBiol (Biochemistry),
Professional Certificate in Management, Open University, 1993
English (mother tongue)
French Basic Basic Basic
August 2003 (3 weeks – 5th of 5 visits) as Chief Technical Adviser and meat processing expert. To manage the field operations of the second phase of a Sino-Luxembourg Livestock Development Project. Three-person team
August 2003 (2 weeks) as Meat and By-products processing consultant as member of a four-man team to advise on development of the livestock industry, mission completion
June 2003 (6+ weeks) as Meat and By-products processing consultant as member of a four-man team to advise on development of the livestock industry
April 2003 (3 weeks – 4th of 5 visits) as Chief Technical Adviser and meat processing expert. To manage the field operations of the second phase of a Sino-Luxembourg Livestock Development Project. Three-person team
August 2002 (3 weeks – 3rd of 5 visits) as a meat processing expert. To examine the operations of the Tianmeng Mulun Company meat operations at Daban to determine the potential for profitability
March 2002 (4 weeks – 2nd of 5 visits) as a meat technologist and meat processing expert. To examine the operations of the Tianmeng Mulun Company meat operations at Daban and make recommendations for improvements; particularly marketing and company Business Plan
December 2001 (2 weeks – 1st of 5 visits) as a meat technologist and meat processing expert. To examine the operations of the Tianmeng Mulun Company meat operations at Daban and make recommendations for improvements; particularly specification of meat processing equipment
July (1 week) as
2000 March (1 week) to ascertain interest and propose extension of a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations
November (1 week) as
1999 July (2 weeks) as a member of a two-man team to carry out a feasibility study of the dynamics of the meat industry and advise on construction of an abattoir following the destruction of the previous one by the volcano. Diagrams and draft legislation were given in a presentation before leaving and in a Final Technical Report
1999 May (2 weeks) as UK project co-ordinator, to attend a tripartite review and steering committee meetings of the Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project and for further familiarisation of the project at the lakeside.
1998 November (1 weeks) to monitor the progress of a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations. Advice was given on data handling and write-up of the two PhD theses
1998 April (3 weeks) to monitor the progress of a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations. Protocols for Phase 3 were devised
1998 March (one week) marketing data for a feedlot project was collected and analysed.
1998 March (one week) to advise on financial management of the Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project. The system was reviewed and computer macros written
1998 January (3 weeks) to monitor the progress of a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations. Phase 2 was completed and data were made ready for analyses.
1997 May (3 weeks) to monitor the progress of a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations and establish the experimental protocols of the second phase. Phase 1 was concluded and questionnaires to characterise the livestock production and marketing systems for Phase 2 was drawn up and tested.
1997 March (4 weeks) as an abattoir adviser to examine progress on the development of the slaughter industry, review progress on the new legislation and make recommendations regarding development of a meat processing industry. Drawings, costings and revised legislation were provided
1997 January (1 week) to monitor the progress of a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations.
1996 September (3 weeks) to establish experimental protocols for a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations. Study towns were selected and questionnaires drawn up to define the study areas within them
1996 February (1 week) to agree Terms of Reference with the collaborating institutions who will conduct a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations. Students were selected, terms of reference developed and field trials were designed.
1995 December (2 weeks). To identify collaborators who could conduct a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations. A collaborating organisation was identified and a project proposal prepared.
1995 October (3 weeks). As a member of a large multinational team to advise on the development of small and medium scale meat processing enterprises. Factory visits were undertaken to appraise and make recommendations concerning business, managerial, technical and infrastructure improvements. A seminar was given on meat science and technology, quality control and hygiene.
1995 July (3 weeks). To identify study sites and collaborators to conduct a research project concerning the provision of animal protein to urban populations. Six sites in three countries and 12 different collaborating organisations were identified
1995 March (One week). To present research findings and conduct a seminar on the production and marketing of the dried meat product Kilishi
1994 June (7 weeks). As an abattoir adviser to rationalise the slaughter industry, revise existing legislation and make recommendations regarding development of a meat processing industry. Drawings, costings and revised legislation were provided
1993 November (5 weeks). To assess the prospects for introducing new abattoir technologies into national meat processing factories. Research projects on animal feeding, electrical stimulation, hot boning, Dark, Firm Dry meat and plate freezing were proposed for funding
1993 October (One week). To initiate collaborative research on dried meat products. Project identified and documentation drawn up for funding.
1992 November (2 weeks). To initiate collaborative research on dried meat products. Project identified and documentation drawn up for funding
1991 March (4 weeks). To co-ordinate progress on
development of the Meat Species Identification Laboratory in
1991 January (2 weeks). To start collaborative research on dried meat products. Undertake preliminary experiments before handing over to the Food Research Institute and the technical adviser
1990 January (Ten days). To discuss the possibility of conducting collaborative research on dried meat products. Projects were identified and documentation drawn up for funding
1989 November (3
weeks). To discuss the establishment of a Meat Species Identification
1989 July (2 weeks). As a member of a three man team, to make recommendations about the possibility of exporting beef. The feasibility study included the outline specifications and costing of an export abattoir.
1989 June (2 Weeks). To conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a training abattoir carcase evaluation unit and meat processing room at an Agricultural college.
1989 February (3 weeks). To make recommendations regarding rehabilitation of an urban abattoir. To cost the project for potential aid donors.
1988 November (5 weeks). As a meat marketing and abattoir specialist. Member of a 5 man team to review the entire livestock industry and donor inputs. To make recommendations regarding further aid inputs.
1988 June (2 weeks). To discuss abattoir design, function and training.
1988 February (One month). As an abattoir designer. As a member of a two man team to draw up specifications for an abattoir at IVRI Izatnagar.
1987 October (One month). As an abattoir adviser. As a member of a three man UNDP team of experts to identify livestock development projects and to rationalise the slaughter industry.
1987 July (One week). In a supervisory capacity to assist with rehabilitation of a new abattoir.
1986 Oct/Nov (2 months). As a Wholesale Meat Marketing Expert, to devise a training programme in meat marketing for the Agricultural Marketing Training Institute. The programme was designed to be used in a programme of instruction for all operatives working in wholesale markets for all agricultural products.
1985 and 1986 (3 visits, one month each). As a Meat and Livestock Consultant. To collate the classification system for cattle (as devised during earlier visits) with the price at the markets and to examine the quality of domestic and export type sheep with a view to the introduction of a live and meat classification system.
1985 February (One week) To the Government of The Gambia in a supervisory capacity to assist with rehabilitation of a new abattoir.
1984 November (One month) As a Meat and Livestock Consultant. To continue the training programme and implementation of the livestock grading and classification system devised in 1983 and to collect information to incorporate export quality stock into the system.
1984 August (One week) As a Meat Technologist. To advise on canning problems
1984 July (One month) To collect data relating to the problem of bruised carcase beef and its use.
1984 September (Five weeks) As a Meat Technologist. As a member of a three man team to study the potential for the export of beef.
1984 May (One week) To assist with the design of a new abattoir.
1984 May (Two weeks) As a Meat Technologist to appraise the new abattoir.
1984 February (Two weeks) In a supervisory capacity to assist with rehabilitation of an abattoir.
1983 (Two assignments of seven and six weeks) As a Meat and Livestock Consultant. To establish a livestock grading system and compare liveweight changes of livestock during transportation.
1980-82 (Two years) As a Meat Grading Adviser. To establish a meat grading system and train staff in its implementation. To advise on the country's abattoir rehabilitation programme, including design and management systems, hygiene improvement, data collection, transport of stock and market presentation.
1980 (Two weeks) To liaise with a local architect in the design of a new abattoir for the capital.
1978 (Three weeks) To study the possibilities of a UK/GOL joint project to convert abattoir waste into an animal feed component using an acid preservation technique.
1978 (Three weeks) As a by-product expert. As a member of a two man team to study the possibilities for collection, transportation, processing and use of waste bones, hooves and horns.
1977 (Five weeks) As a Meat Technologist. As a member of a four man
team to explore the possibilities of increasing livestock production in
Rodrigues and for the export of frozen meat from Rodrigues to
1977 (Four months) As a Meat Preparation and Sales Adviser. Member of a UN/ILO team of experts to the Federation of Consumer Cooperatives. Although the Terms of Reference related to the development of meat trading within the Federation in terms of importation, preparation, packaging, distribution and display of meat, most of the time for this short assignment was spent conducting a feasibility study which showed that there was little benefit to be derived from the proposed system.
1975 (Three weeks) As an Abattoir Adviser, to suggest structural, hygiene, processing and management changes in four factories belonging to a quasi-government organisation to achieve acceptable standards of hygiene and improved beef products.
1975 (Five months) As a Master Butcher, to advise on abattoir operation, modification and management; abattoir staff training; modification to butchers shops, butcher training and advise on a new system of marketing of beef carcases.
1974 (total of six weeks) As an Abattoir/butchery Consultant to advise on location, design and operation of abattoirs and butchers shops.
1971/1973 (Two assignments of four and 19 months) As a Meat Technologist to advise on:
a) abattoir operation and design
b) abattoir staff and butcher training
c) hygiene improvement to abattoir and butcher stalls
d) collection of data relevant to development of the meat industry
preparation and export
of beef to
f) advise the meat industry generally
2001 – present
Meat Technologist, Natural Resources Institute.
Research Technician, Meat Research Laboratory, J Sainsbury Ltd
Research extends over the full range of
products of the livestock sector in
Project identification, feasibility studies in a range of developing countries.
Management of projects in developing countries.
Supervision of a number of degree and postgraduate students from developing countries
Approximately 100 restricted reports to various Governments.
Approximately 10 scientific publications and review articles (separate list available).
Restricted reports to the Governments of all countries visited
Owen J E, Ison R W, Linda Nicolaides, Reilly P J A and Silverside D E, 1979. Curing and smoking of rabbit meat. Tropical Science, 21 (1), 11-13.
Norman G A, Silverside D E, Hector D A and Sarah Francis, 1979. The acid treatment of animal by-products. Tropical Science, 21 (4), 221-229.
Edwards D, Hector D A, Norman G A and Silverside D E, 1979. Slaughter facilities for tropical conditions: A guide to the selection and costing of appropriate systems. Report of the Tropical Products Institute, G123, vi + 63pp.
Disney J G, Norman G A
Silverside D E and Silvey D, 1981. Meat products, processing
and marketing. Proceedings
of the Symposium on Intensive Animal Production in Developing Countries,
Norman G A, Hector D A, Silverside D E
and Silvey D R, 1983. The
small-scale manufacture of beef products - A technical and economic memorandum. Prepared for the ILO,
Norman G A, Hector D A, Silverside D E
and Silvey D R, 1983. The
small-scale manufacture of pork products - A technical and economic memorandum. Prepared for the ILO,
Pamela Carter, Poulter
R G, Silverside D E and
Machin D H, Silverside D E, Hector D A and Parr W H, 1986. The utilization by growing pigs of ruminant offal hydrolysed in formic acid. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 15, 273-284.
Silverside D E, Linda
Nicolaides, Stephens A D and Sanders A, 1987. The incidence of bruised
beef in meat products in tropical
Silverside D E and Jones M J, 1992. Small-scale poultry processing. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper 98.
Tettey E C-T, Jones M J and Silverside D E, 1993 Meat drying in a hot and humid climate using convection type solar dryers. Trop Sci 1993, 33, 401-410
Jones M J, Tanya V N,
Mbofung C M F, Fonkem D N, Silverside D E, 2001 A microbiological and
nutritional evaluation of the West African dried meat product, Kilishi. The Journal of Food Technology in
60 assignments in more than 30 countries of