University of Sydney brings home the bacon in annual meat judging competition

21 July 2015

The 2015 University of Sydney Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition team members and coaches
The 2015 University of Sydney Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition team members and coaches

Fifteen students from the faculties of Veterinary Science and Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney have brought home the bacon after a hard fought battle in the 26th annual Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition, held at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Associate Professor Russell Bush coordinates the University of Sydney team which has participated since the competition's inception. Associate Professor Bush said "the University of Sydney scored it's best result since 2002, with Tamara Biffin, Georgia Clark, Simon Kensit and Anna White securing 4 of the top 10 places, from a shortlisted field of more than 130 students from tertiary teams right across Australia, United States of America, Japan, Korea and Indonesia". As a team, The University of Sydney were placed first in the pricings and overall placings components of the competition, with 3 of their individual team members also winning the eating quality, pricings and overall placings components. Overall, The University of Sydney was a narrow runner up to Oklahoma State University from the US, who took out the Champion title for 2015.

The University of Sydney team were supported at the competition by coaches Ms Melanie Smith, Ms Dominique McCarthy, Mr Matt Van der Saag, Ms Jaime Manning and Ms Rachael Rodney who have all competed in the past. Melanie was awarded Coach of the Champion Australian Team 2015 in recognition of her contribution to coaching the team. Ms Smith said "this year was a very competitive year with everyone on the University of Sydney team performing extremely well which contributed to our success." "The students amazing achievements were a reflection of their hard work, dedication and overall attitude and it's a real credit to each and every one of them" she said.

The Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association is a not-for-profit organisation that exposes tertiary students to careers in all areas of Australian meat production. The aim of the competition is to foster growing professionalism and expertise in the meat industry, through a week-long program of specialised meat quality training workshops and presentations from industry professionals, culminating in the final two days of competition. With the steaks so high, all students are keen to show that they're a cut above the rest! Australian students are drawn from a range of disciplines, such as animal and agricultural science, and also from tertiary institutions across the land (Charles Sturt University Wagga, Murdoch, Adelaide, La Trobe, Melbourne, University of New England, University of Queensland, Charles Sturt University Orange, Marcus Oldham Agricultural College and Tocal Agricultural College).

Associate Professor Russell Bush said "the success of the University of Sydney team in this year's Meat Judging Competition would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors: Future Farmer's Network, Select Wholesale Meats Narellan and the Manildra Group". "The final 10 finalists will have a further training week in Brisbane at the end of the year, where 5 will be chosen to be part of a month-long study tour of the US meat and livestock industries in 2016" he said.

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