REGISTRATIONS are open for agriculture students and young people starting a career in the beef industry to participate in the inaugural Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) Northern Beef competition and training conference.
The ICMJ Northern Conference event is being hosted by CQUniversity Australia and Teys Australia in Rockhampton from April 25-27 this year.
Until now, ICMJ has run only one tertiary competition each year at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, attracting students from across Australia and overseas, with training spread across beef, lamb and pork.
ICMJ Northern Conference co-ordinator Ethan Mooney of Teys Australia said the new event had been created to cater especially to the needs of the northern beef industry, to attract skilled workers and equip them with a comprehensive knowledge of the factors influencing meat quality.
“With this in mind, we have opened up the event to include not just university students, but also the vocational training sector as well as young staff working in pastoral companies or agribusinesses,” Mr Mooney said.
“The aim is to build the pool of intelligent young meat industry representatives through a balanced mix of industry presentations, hands-on workshops, field tutorials and a competition.
“This is a great opportunity for young people just starting out in the beef industry to gain new skills and network with industry leaders and potential employers.”
The Australian ICMJ Association is a not-for-proﬁt association established to “inspire and develop future professionals in the global red meat industry”.
Now in its 30th year, the Australian ICMJ has successfully linked countless university graduates to careers in the red meat industry.
CQUniversity agriculture spokesman Michael Thomson said the new event would open up the benefits of ICMJ participation to more people than ever and overcome the barriers of distance and qualifications that had prevented many young northern cattle men and women from participating.
“While registrations are open to people from all over Australia wanting to work in the beef industry, numbers are limited and preference will be given to applicants from Northern Australia,” Mr Thomson said.
“We want to make sure that those who attend are passionate about the northern beef industry and want to drive its future success on the global stage.”
The conference will aim to:
Equip attendees with better knowledge and skills specific to northern beef production and associated meat quality and attributes
Highlight carcass characteristics of northern beef breeds and resulting meat quality
Raise awareness of career opportunities and create linkages with future employers across the northern beef supply chain
Expose students to new technologies and capabilities within the meat industry
Educate students on Australia’s position within the global meat supply chain
For more details, visit www.icmj.com.au
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