The largest contingent of students in its 23 year history will head to the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) conference and competition at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga from Tuesday, July 9.
The five-day event will involve 130 students and 40 coaches from nine Australian universities representing all states and five international teams.
The program will welcome for the first time, groups from South Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Kansas State University from the USA to join long term participants, a national team from Japan.
The annual ICMJ program continues to lay strong foundations for agricultural industries by educating and injecting enthusiastic graduates into a range of diversified careers in the meat and livestock sector.
ICMJ Association President Brad Robinson and General Manager of Kerwee Lot Feeders, said the response to this year’s program from universities, speakers and sponsors is overwhelming.
“All our sponsorship categories were sold early. We have a lot of new and long term sponsors on board this year. Without this support, we would not be able to expose these students to the exciting opportunities within the meat and livestock industry.”
Key industry figures involved in the ICMJ include: Allister Watson (General Manager of Meat, Coles), Grant Garey (General Manager Teys Australia), Tom Bull (Lambpro Director), Dr Darryl D’Souza (Australian Pork Limited), Paul Leonard (Thomas Foods International), Andrina and Lachlan Graham (Argyle Prestige Meats) and Troy Setter (Chief Operations Officer, AACo).
The ICMJ program includes presentations from key industry figures, interactive workshops, meat judging training and a competition involving the judging of lamb, pork and beef carcasses and primals. The beef judging contest on Saturday 13 July is hosted by Teys Australia at processing facility at Wagga Wagga.
Ten students will be selected from the competition to undertake a five day Meat Standards Australia (MSA) training course in Brisbane, where they will also receive a comprehensive introduction to the Australian meat processing sector. Five of these students will then be selected to take part in a tour of the US.
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) will again invest in the future of their industry being the major sponsors of the annual ICMJ conference and competition.
A full program of the ICMJ competition and conference is available here: www.icmj.com.au
The 2013 ICMJ competition involves: University of New England, Tocal Agricultural College, University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, Murdoch University, Charles Sturt University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Kansas State University (USA), Japan National team, Korea National Team, Pakistan National Team and Indonesian industry representatives.