Murdoch University’s meat judging team have beaten nine other universities to be named Champion Australian team at this year’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging competition in Armidale, New South Wales.
Murdoch team coach and Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Peter McGilchrist, said the goal of the meat judging program was to expose students to the basics of meat science and make them more aware of the end result of a production system.
“Processing red meat and pork to ensure a quality product which the consumer desires is critical to the industry’s longevity and it is becoming more challenging as we advance into the 21st century,” Mr McGilchrist said.
“We are extremely fortunate that our team’s sponsors Linley Valley Pork, Wellard, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA and Harvey Beef see the true benefit in educating the young enthusiastic Animal and Veterinary Science students to ensure the industry’s continued enhancement and improvement in productivity.”
Animal and Veterinary Science students Clair Payne, Jade Moody, Amy Suckling and Engela Gildenhuys were named champions in Primal and Retail Cut Identification and runners-up in Eating Quality Evaluation, Pork Judging and overall Questions and Reasons.
Clair Payne, Amy Suckling and Engela Gildenhuys also had individual successes and were shortlisted for selection in the Australian national team which will travel to the USA and compete in Denver, Colorado, in January 2012.
The competition followed a three-day conference where students were addressed by leaders in the beef, lamb and pork industries, challenging them to become engaged with the industry.
Meat Standards Australia Manager and president of the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association, Michael Crowley said: "This year’s program was exceptional, incorporating all sectors of the industry from breeding and lot feeding through to processing and research on all species.”
“The students gain an immense amount of practical and applied knowledge about the meat and livestock industries which they can take with them into the real world to help create solutions for the challenges which face the industry,” Mr Crowley said.
Among the invited speakers at the event were the Chief Operating Officer of Australian Agricultural Company, Troy Setter, CEO of JBS Australia, Iain Mars, Research Manager of Australian Pork Limited, Dr Darryl Dsouzas and Livestock Manager of Cargill Australia, Grant Geary.