University of Sydney success at the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition

14 July 2016

The University of Sydney has demonstrated its expertise in assessing beef, lamb and pork quality at the 27th annual Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition, held last week at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Fourteen students from the University of Sydney competed in the 27th annual Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition .
Fourteen students from the University of Sydney competed in the 27th annual Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition .

Associate Professor Russell Bush coordinated the 14 member University of Sydney team which has successfully participated since the competition's inception. Associate Professor Bush said "the University of Sydney has had their most successful competition ever, with Claudia Blakebrough-Hall, Sophie Henriksen, Melanie Higgins, Anabelle Ottery, Gabi Ryan, Rachel Tulloch and Sarah Wilson securing 7 of the top 15 places, from a shortlisted field of more than 130 students from tertiary teams across Australia, the United States of America, Japan, Korea and Indonesia". As a team, The University of Sydney were placed first for retail cut and primal identification, and were runners up in overall beef judging and overall placings (by 6 points!). Gabi achieved 100/100 in beef pricings and received overall individual runners up in a tie breaker. Anabelle also received individual runners up in a tie breaker for retail cut and primal identification. Overall, for the second year in a row The University of Sydney was a narrow runner up for Champion team with the title for 2016 going to the University of Queensland.

The University of Sydney team were supported at the competition by coaches Ms Melanie Smith, Ms Tamara Biffin, Ms Dominique McCarthy, Mr Matt van der Saag, Ms Jaime Manning, Ms Shernai Woolley and Ms Rachael Rodney who have all competed in the past. Melanie was awarded the prestigious Tom Carr Award for coaching excellence in recognition of her contribution to coaching a very successful team over the past two years. Ms Smith said "I am truly honoured and thankful to everyone who has helped me achieve this award and congratulate the University of Sydney team who has performed extremely well." "Your amazing achievements are a reflection of your hard work, dedication and overall attitude and it's a real credit to each and every one of you" she said.

The Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes careers in all areas of the Australian meat industry to tertiary students. The aim of the competition is to foster growing professionalism and expertise, through a week-long program of specialised meat quality training workshops and presentations from industry professionals, culminating in the final two days of competition. Australian students are drawn from a range of disciplines such as animal, veterinary and agricultural science and from tertiary institutions including Charles Sturt University Wagga, Murdoch, Adelaide, La Trobe, Melbourne, University of New England, University of Queensland, Marcus Oldham and Tocal Agricultural College.

Associate Professor Bush said "the success of the University of Sydney team in this year's Competition would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors: GME Australia, Select Wholesale Meats Narellan, the Manildra Group and Jim Hindmarsh & Co Camden". "The University of Sydney has 3 students in the top 10 and will go to Brisbane next month for further training where 5 will be selected to go on to represent Australia in a month-long study tour of the US in early 2017" he said.