Dr Melanie Smith

BAnVetBioSci (Hons 1), PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C01A - Jl Shute - Camden
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1625

Biographical details

Melanie is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney in the area of livestock production and meat science. Melanie grew up on the South Coast of NSW and completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney in 2012. Melanie has always had a passion for the livestock industry and it was during her honours in sheep productivity that she developed a keen interest in research. Melanie completed her PhD in 2017 through the University of Sydney in collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. Her PhD was titled factors impacting on the attributes of alpaca meat and methods to improve quality and investigated on farm, processing and consumer factors impacting alpaca meat quality from the farm through to the fork. Melanie enjoys working at the interface between research and the meat supply chain and is passionate about engaging and educating the next generation about the red meat industry.

Research interests

Melanies research interests lie in the areas of:

  • Livestock Production (Cattle, Sheep and Alpacas)
  • Meat Science (Red Meat Supply Chain; Meat Processing Technology, Meat Quality, Sensory Evaluation)
  • On Farm Sustainability
  • Livestock Behaviour and Welfare

Currently Melanie is continuing her research in alpaca meat quality with a current research project investigating ways to improves consistency of alpaca meat. In addition Melanie is working on a MLA beef welfare project looking at linking lifetime objective measures of welfare across the supply chain. Melanie continues to collaborate with a range of institutions and research groups on meat quality and production research projects across a range of species including; alpaca, beef, sheep meat, and chicken.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Concepts of Animal Management (AVBS1002 / AGEN2006),
  • Fresh Produce Management (AGEN2002),
  • Extensive Animal Industries (AVBS402),
  • The University of Sydney Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team

Supervising

Honours students:

  • B.Sci (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience)
  • B. Sci (Agriculture)

DVM students:

  • Research and Enquiry

Higher Degree Research Students:

  • Postgraduate Student- Tamara Biffin

Current projects

MLA DC project: Linking life-time objective measure of welfare to create a premium product from a whole beef supply chain welfare rating system

Agrifutures project: Improving tenderness of alpaca carcassses through determining supply chain best practice

Associations

  • Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association committee member
  • Australian Society of Animal Production

Awards and honours

Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET) Scholarship

In the media

Landline interviewed Dr. Melanie Smith from the School of Veterinary Science about her current research in the alpaca industry. The interview was part of an episode titled “Herdy Gerdy: Exporting Australian grown alpacas to the world” and aired on 12th August 2017.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Logan, B., Bush, R., Biffin, T., Hopkins, D., Smith, M. (2019). Measurement of drip loss in alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat using different techniques and sample weights. Meat Science, 151, 1-3. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Nelson, C., Biffin, T., Bush, R., Hall, E., Hopkins, D. (2019). Vitamin E concentration in alpaca meat and its impact on oxidative traits during retail display. Meat Science, 151, 18-23. [More Information]
  • Biffin, T., Smith, M., Bush, R., Collins, D., Hopkins, D. (2018). The effect of combining tenderstretching and electrical stimulation on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat tenderness and eating quality. Meat Science, 145, 127-136. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2017). The combined effects of grain supplementation and tenderstretching on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat quality. Meat Science, 125, 53-60. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2017). The effect of grain supplementation on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) production and meat quality. Small Ruminant Research, 147, 25-31. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hall, E., Greenwood, P., Hopkins, D. (2017). The impact of gender and age on the nutritional parameters of alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat, colour stability and fat traits. Meat Science, 123, 21-28. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2016). Effect of electrical stimulation and ageing period on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat and eating quality. Meat Science, 111, 38-46. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Thomson, P., Hopkins, D. (2015). Carcass traits and saleable meat yield of alpacas (Vicugna pacos) in Australia. Meat Science, 107, 1-11. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Thomson, P., Hopkins, D. (2016). Carcass traits and saleable meat yield of Australian alpacas (Vicugna pacos. 60th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), n/a: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2016). Colour stability and lipid oxidisation of alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat. 61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, N/A: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Hall, E., Bailes, K., Hopkins, D. (2015). Intra-muscular fat and fatty acod composition of alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat. 61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, N/A: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Thomson, P., Hopkins, D. (2014). Carcass traits and saleable meat yield of Australian alpacas (Vicugna pacos). International Symposium on Nutrition of Herbivores/International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology, N/A: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2014). Effect of electrical stimulation and ageing period on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat tenderness. 60th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), n/a: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Hopkins, D., Thomson, P., Bush, R. (2013). Investigation of the effect of age and gender on the growth of alpacas with a view to meat production. WCAP 2013 - The 11th World Conference on Animal Production, N/A: N/A.
  • Sutton, L., Gant, L., Gant, I., Smith, M., Cronin, G., Bush, R. (2013). Using RFID technology to collect sheep liveweight data on-farm. The 4th Australian and New Zealand spatially enabled Livestock management symposium, N/A: The University of Sydney.

Report

  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Hopkins, D. (2015). Factors impacting Australian alpaca meat and methods to improve quality.

2019

  • Logan, B., Bush, R., Biffin, T., Hopkins, D., Smith, M. (2019). Measurement of drip loss in alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat using different techniques and sample weights. Meat Science, 151, 1-3. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Nelson, C., Biffin, T., Bush, R., Hall, E., Hopkins, D. (2019). Vitamin E concentration in alpaca meat and its impact on oxidative traits during retail display. Meat Science, 151, 18-23. [More Information]

2018

  • Biffin, T., Smith, M., Bush, R., Collins, D., Hopkins, D. (2018). The effect of combining tenderstretching and electrical stimulation on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat tenderness and eating quality. Meat Science, 145, 127-136. [More Information]

2017

  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2017). The combined effects of grain supplementation and tenderstretching on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat quality. Meat Science, 125, 53-60. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2017). The effect of grain supplementation on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) production and meat quality. Small Ruminant Research, 147, 25-31. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hall, E., Greenwood, P., Hopkins, D. (2017). The impact of gender and age on the nutritional parameters of alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat, colour stability and fat traits. Meat Science, 123, 21-28. [More Information]

2016

  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Thomson, P., Hopkins, D. (2016). Carcass traits and saleable meat yield of Australian alpacas (Vicugna pacos. 60th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), n/a: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2016). Colour stability and lipid oxidisation of alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat. 61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, N/A: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2016). Effect of electrical stimulation and ageing period on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat and eating quality. Meat Science, 111, 38-46. [More Information]

2015

  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Thomson, P., Hopkins, D. (2015). Carcass traits and saleable meat yield of alpacas (Vicugna pacos) in Australia. Meat Science, 107, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Hopkins, D. (2015). Factors impacting Australian alpaca meat and methods to improve quality.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Hall, E., Bailes, K., Hopkins, D. (2015). Intra-muscular fat and fatty acod composition of alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat. 61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology, N/A: N/A.

2014

  • Smith, M., Bush, R., Thomson, P., Hopkins, D. (2014). Carcass traits and saleable meat yield of Australian alpacas (Vicugna pacos). International Symposium on Nutrition of Herbivores/International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology, N/A: N/A.
  • Smith, M., Bush, R., van de Ven, R., Hopkins, D. (2014). Effect of electrical stimulation and ageing period on alpaca (Vicugna pacos) meat tenderness. 60th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICOMST), n/a: N/A.

2013

  • Smith, M., Hopkins, D., Thomson, P., Bush, R. (2013). Investigation of the effect of age and gender on the growth of alpacas with a view to meat production. WCAP 2013 - The 11th World Conference on Animal Production, N/A: N/A.
  • Sutton, L., Gant, L., Gant, I., Smith, M., Cronin, G., Bush, R. (2013). Using RFID technology to collect sheep liveweight data on-farm. The 4th Australian and New Zealand spatially enabled Livestock management symposium, N/A: The University of Sydney.

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