Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association


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First time ICMJ title for University of QLD

Almost 170 students and coaches from 14 different institutions from Australia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and USA participated in 5 days of industry presentations, interactive educational and training workshops, a Careers Expo and two meat judging contests during July in Wagga Wagga.

The University of Queensland were named Champion Team for 2016 and Chloe Gould, also from The University of QLD winning Individual Champion.


Wingham Beef Week a BIG success! 

On 12th May 2016, almost 200 students from 18 highschools participated in the Junior meat judging contest facilitated by the ICMJ committee and held in conjunction with the Wingham beef Week ( Wingham Beef Exports hosted the contest where students judged and answered questions about the quality and yield aspects of 2 beef carcase classes and a class of rump primals. They were also required to accurately identify 15 retail cuts and wholesale primals. In a close contest with only 22 points splitting 1st and 3rd placed teams, St Josephs Aberdeen were the overall winning Junior Meat Judging team.

The full Awards List can be found HERE




~2015 Australian National meat judging team in USA~

In late December the Australian National meat judging team headed over to the USA for a month of property visits, visits to abattoirs and feedlots and to compete in 2 competitions.

Thanks to coach Demi for her wrap-up of the first competition:

"First contest done and dusted and we have some fantastic results to report from the Southwest Invitational. Thanks go out to Texas Tech for putting on a great contest.
In the teams divisions we placed 3rd in Beef Grading, 3rd in Beef, 3rd in Overall Beef, 3rd in Total Placings and 3rd in Questions. We placed 2nd in Pork, with a single point separating us from first place. And........we have taken out the Lamb Judging. Go Aussies!
We have some fabulous individual results as well with Anna White placing 3rd in Total Placings and Simon Kensit placing 4th in Total Questions. Simon also placed 8th in the individual overall section of the contest.
Well done guys, Tim and I are exceptionally happy with how you all went."

The rest of us are too. Well done team!

Second competition a huge success for our meat judging team!! 

Demi Lolback gives us another update on the team's success at the National Western contest: 

"Well, once again, winning beef grading eludes us and we placed 5th, on a positive note though, there was only 105 points between 1st and 5th.
We place 3rd in Pork Judging and have WON Lamb Judging, Beef Judging, Total Placings and Total Questions. We went on to place 3rd in the Teams Total Contest. Champion effort from all 5 team members during training the past few weeks, it's certainly paid off. Thanks so much for your dedication, Tim and I really appreciate it."

Individual Results from the National Western include: 

  • Simon Kensit placed 3rd in Pork Judging, 2nd in Beef Judging, 3rd in Total Placings and 3rd in Total Questions. Simon also placed 3rd in the Individual Total Contest.
  • Reuben Welke placed 3rd in Lamb Judging, 2nd in Total Questions and WON Beef Judging.
  • Anna White WON Total Placings with a score of 496 out of 500.
  • In the Alternates contest, Georgia Clark has placed 5th overall as an individual.
  • Jess McGrath placed 6th in Total Questions (unfortunately losing a tie breaker for 5th). Jess was also in another tie breaker for 10th place in the Individual contest, but this time she clinched the ribbon.

Congratulations to all, what a mighty effort!!!

(You can also follow their trip on our Facebook group and Twitter)


Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza a huge success!

On 23rd October, 132 students from 25 high schools participated in the meat judging contest at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza in Scone. JBS Australia have recently purchased the Scone abattoir and hosted the event. The students were required to judge beef carcases, beef primals as well as identify wholesale primals and retail cuts. The winning team of the contest was from St Josephs Aberdeen and the Champion individual was William Saul of Kempsey High School. William was also named the 2015 NSW junior meat judging champion having also won the Wingham beef Week contest earlier in the year.

The full results are available HERE


Nations best chosen to represent Australian ICMJ

After a successful 130-student strong competition held in Wagga earlier this year, five Australian students have been selected this week as the 2015 Australian national meat judging team to travel to the USA in January.


The team, selected from a field of ten finalists, consists of Reuben Welke of Murdoch University, Jessica McGrath from Charles Sturt Wagga Wagga, and Anna White, Georgia Clark and Simon Kensit from Sydney University.


Ten finalists received an exclusive behind-the-scenes meat industry experience this week, spending five days in South-east Queensland with Australian team selectors.  Brisbane based beef processor and Coles supplier, Australian Country Choice hosted the students for several days providing training facilities and an insight into their business model, inspiring their careers in the industry.


The students also received a unique peek into the pork industry at Swickers, Kingaroy as well as JBS Australia operations by visiting Beef City and viewing Australia‚Äôs largest beef processing plant in operation at Dinmore. South-east Queensland retailers, Super Butcher and Cabassi also opened their doors to the students, rounding off the supply chain tour.  

The Australian team will depart in early January for a four week industry tour of the US including competing in up to three American meat judging competitions. The Brisbane training week was sponsored by Meat Standards Australia.

Results are in for the 26th ICMJ Contest!

The 2015 ICMJ program was held at Charles Sturt University Wagga from Tuesday 7th - Sunday 12th July 2015.

Overall results from the competition were:
Champion Individual: Chandler Steele, Oklahoma State University
Runner Up: Emily Jones, La Trobe University

Champion Team: Oklahoma State University
Runner Up: University of Sydney

For a full list of results click here
To view the full program click here

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