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Beef Australia backs Intercollegiate Meat Judging Conference

Published:09 March 2020

Intercollegiate meat judging was established in 1927 by meat science professors in the United States and has since grown to encompass major events in agricultural education calendars around the world.

Australia’s premier beef event, Beef Australia, has thrown its backing behind the 2020 Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) Northern Conference being held in Rockhampton in April.

Beef Australia has signed on as a silver sponsor, recognising the impact the conference will have in growing the knowledge and skills of the next generation of meat industry leaders.

Through this partnership, Beef Australia will host the ICMJ Careers Expo, bringing together leading pastoral companies and service providers. The event will showcase job opportunities and provide a platform for the best and brightest from among the university students to be recruited from the ICMJ Conference meat judging competition.

Beef Australia Chief Executive Ian Mill said the decision to sponsor ICMJ was an easy one.

“We share the objective of supporting the education of the next generation of beef industry participants – this is a wonderful opportunity for both organisations,” Mr Mill said.

“Education is at the heart of Beef Australia’s existence. The Beef Australia event acts as a conduit for information to flow between researchers, experts, producers, industry stakeholders and consumers.

“Partnering with the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association, which  provides the latest in meat science information to university students and young industry professionals, helps ensure the Australian beef industry continues to deliver the high-quality product to consumers around the world.”

The ICMJ Northern Conference is being hosted by major sponsors CQUniversity Australia and Teys Australia from 15 to 18 April 2020.

The conference is designed to enhance the training of red meat industry participants working in Northern Australia and is open to students at universities and vocational training organisations, as well as agribusiness staff for professional development.

ICMJ Northern Conference event coordinator Ethan Mooney, of Teys Australia, said Beef Australia’s involvement was a major step forward in growing the conference, which was only held for the first time in 2019. Such was its success that this year’s event conference and training program will be expanded by an extra day.

“Beef Australia’s participation, as well as support from Rockhampton Regional Council, shows the importance of the ICMJ Northern Conference to growing the Beef Capital’s role as a centre for innovation and education, as well as cattle breeding and beef processing,” Mr Mooney said.

Intercollegiate meat judging was established in 1927 by meat science professors in the United States and has since grown to encompass major events in agricultural education calendars around the world, including Australia where a competition was first held in 1990.

The Australian ICMJ program exposes students to the fundamentals of meat quality, carcase specifications required in today’s market, the requirements of the modern consumer, and the role of new technologies in meeting those needs. Platinum sponsors include Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Meat Processing Corporation (AMPC).