Murdoch University students meat the challenge

July 18, 2017

Meat champions: Sonya Moyes, Henry Vaughan, Keely McGregor were part of Murdoch's successful student team.

Murdoch University’s team returned victorious from the Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) competition, placing a close third behind the University of Melbourne and the Texas A&M.

Ten Veterinary and Animal Science students were chosen to represent Murdoch at the ICMJ competition, held at Charles Sturt University and Teys Cargill Australia in New South Wales.

Murdoch team coach Sarah Stewart said she was delighted with the performance of the Murdoch student team.

“This year’s meat judging team have shown incredible passion and drive for the red meat and pork industries and all have very exciting futures in the industry,” she said.

“ICMJ is integral to helping develop capacity in the red meat and pork industries by exposing students to all aspects of the supply chain.”

Third year animal science student Rachel Cruickshank and fourth year Veterinary student Bridie Luers performed exceptionally well, with Rachel crowned champion in the beef eating quality class and Bridie taking out reserve champion individual in beef carcass judging.

In the team awards, Murdoch students Bridie Luers, Rachel Cruickshank, Harriet Moss and Keely McGregor took out reserve champion team in the lamb carcass judging, questions and reasons and primal ID and retail cut identification.

The five-day event attracted 160 students and coaches from ten universities around Australia, plus four international teams from Japan, South Korea, USA and Indonesia.

ICMJ president, Dr Peter McGilchrist said the competition inspired and developed future leaders of the global red meat industry.

“This year was a great cohort of students who posed the most thought-provoking questions we’ve ever had to our presenters, interacted heavily with companies at the careers expo and took full advantage of every opportunity,” Dr McGilchrist said.

Bridie Luers, Harriet Moss and Rachel Cruickshank were selected to join the top ten finalists, along with the Coach’s Pick first year Animal Science student Henry Vaughan, to attend a training week with Meat and Livestock Australia in Brisbane next month.

They will also be in the running for selection to tour the American meat industry early next year.

The Murdoch team was supported by Harvey Beef, Linley Valley Pork, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, WAFarmers and the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust.

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ANDREW TAGGART July 18, 2017

Well done team. Terrific to have the industry supporting high achieving students.

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