Murdoch students a cut above at national meat judging comp

July 13, 2016

Animal Science student Kristy Walters excelled at the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association competitionTen Animal Science and Veterinary undergraduates represented Murdoch University at the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) event held in New South Wales, ranking third in the nation.

Animal Science student Kristy Walters competed exceptionally well, taking out champion in the beef pricings class, overall placings, written reasons and reserve champion for beef carcass judging.

Kristy was also part of the winning Murdoch team with Felicity Searle, Olivia Swan and Ben Shaw who took out champion team for both lamb judging and beef pricings classes.

President of the Australian ICMJ Association and Murdoch University lecturer, Dr Peter McGilchrist, said this year’s program exemplified the growth of the program over the past 27 years, and showed the professionalism of the students the program has produced over this time.

“The calibre of this year’s participants showed the passion that young people have for the meat and livestock industry and the enthusiasm that they have for driving the industry forward into the future,” he said.

“The international contingent, with teams from the US, Japan, Korea and Indonesia, allowed students to interact and learn from some of Australia’s major trading partners and to build networks for the future.”

The Murdoch team was sponsored by Harvey Beef, Linley Valley Pork, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Western Australian Farmers Federation and the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust.

Murdoch University team coach and meat science researcher Sarah Stewart said that industry support is critical to building capacity in the red meat and pork industry.

“Sponsorship and investment in developing skills and leadership in students is critical in our industry and with calibre of Murdoch students coming out of the ICMJ program, WA agriculture has a bright future.

“We are thrilled that local WA industry wants to back our vision for this program.”

Kristy Walters, Olivia Swan and Ben Shaw will be joined by a fourth Murdoch University animal science student Lisa McLerie later this year at a five day Meat Standards Australia (MSA) training course, where they will receive a comprehensive introduction to the Australian meat processing sector.

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