Vet victory for Murdoch

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Murdoch University's largest ever team of 13 Animal and Veterinary Science students has returned home victorious from the 2014 Australian Intercollegiate Meat program held on July 11.

The team took out reserve champion team awards for beef judging, lamb judging, retail cut and primal identification, and the question and written reasons.

Student Reuben Welke was chosen reserve champion individual for beef judging, while Chad Averill was reserve champion individual for retail cut and primal identification.

The national tertiary meat program was held last week at Charles Sturt University and at Teys Australia in Wagga Wagga.

The five-day event attracted 165 students and coaches from 11 universities around Australia, plus four international teams from Japan, South Korea, the US and Indonesia.

Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association president and Murdoch University lecturer Peter McGilchrist said this program provided students with a learning platform that developed their understanding of meat supply chains from conception to consumption.

"The ICMJ program is the only tertiary event of its kind that students can attend across all agricultural fields in Australian and one which our industry should be immensely proud of due to the enormous impact it has had on the industry over its 26 year history, with over 2000 graduates of the program," he said.

Dr McGilchrist applauded the vision of the program's major sponsors, Meat and Livestock Australia and Australia Meat Processors Corporation, along with Murdoch University's Veterinary Trust and team sponsors, Harvey Beef, Linley Valley Pork and the RAS of WA.

He said investment in the education and training of the next generation of industry leaders was important if the industry was to take full advantage of the "agricultural boom".

The five-day program consists of two days of lectures and interactive workshops from industry representatives, a careers expo, a student development session and meat judging training, and the program culminates with the national intercollegiate meat judging competition.

Australian Country Choice chief executive David Foote, who is also director and deputy chairman of AMPC, represented Coles at the presentation dinner and told students that the beef supply chain was one of the longest of any industry.

"The amount of jobs available along the beef supply chain is immense and over the coming decades a career in the industry will be challenging yet very rewarding," he said.

The team from Oklahoma State University, representing the US was crowned the 2015 ICMJ Champion team beating the University of Sydney in a close competition.

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