New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

WITH slaughter cattle heading into a period of extreme short supply and livestock prices rising after years of drought, Australian beef processors are exploring new technologies seeking to squeeze every last morsel of meat yield from each carcase they handle. One of these, displayed at Brisbane’s recent FoodTech Queensland trade show, was a meat recovery […]

Booming kangaroo numbers spark calls for pet meat industry revival

Kangaroo numbers in Western Australia have jumped dramatically in recent years, prompting calls for an expansion of the state’s kangaroo meat industry. State Government aerial surveys show the western grey kangaroo population doubled from 2014 to 2018, to more than 2 million animals. Meanwhile, red kangaroo numbers quadrupled. The booming population is causing trouble for […]

Australia-China meat industries sign MOU

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Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) CEO Patrick Hutchinson has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the China Meat Association. The MOU underlines a commitment for Australian and Chinese meat sector collaboration and to “secure trade outcomes that are beneficial to all parties”. Hutchinson signed the China Australia Red Meat Agreement (CARMA) on behalf of the […]

Australian red meat industry urges FTA ratification

The Australian red meat industry is calling on the government to ratify two free trade agreements without delay. The call follows the release of a joint standing committee on treaties report into the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement, which determined both are in the national interest. The chair […]

Red meat could be next in line for a sin tax after sugar, Fitch says

Meat could be a target for higher taxes given criticism of the industry’s role in climate change, deforestation and animal cruelty, according to a report by Fitch Solutions Macro Research. The idea is still in its infancy and faces a lot of opposition from farming groups, but it’s emerging as a trend in Western Europe, […]

Roo meat from test tubes to grow into full scale food business

An newly-emerged Sydney technology company has claimed the honour of developing the world’s first man-made kangaroo meat. The 18-month-old start-up, Vow Food, has created cultured kangaroo meat grown in a laboratory, using stem cells taken from a kangaroo. One of the North Parramatta company’s two tissue culture laboratories is a co-shared area at The Kings […]

Consultations on EU Indications welcomed by meat industry taskforce

This week’s launch of public consultations on the use of Geographic Indications as part of the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement have been welcomed by Meat & Livestock Australia. A Geographical Indication identifies the product originating in a specific region or locality. The chair of the Australia-EU Red Meat Market Access Taskforce Andrew McDonald said […]