Time running out to register for ICMJ Northern Conference

Time running out to register for ICMJ Northern Conference

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                 FRIDAY, 13 MARCH 2020

Time running out to register for ICMJ Northern Conference

With the Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) Northern Conference just a month away, time is running out to secure a seat to learn from international beef industry innovators, with registrations set to close next week on Friday March 20.

The ICMJ Northern Conference provides meat science training, professional development and career networking activities, with a specific focus on the unique challenges and opportunities that the broader Northern Australian beef industry offers.

The event attracts university students from across Australia, but unlike other meat judging competitions, the ICMJ Northern conference is also open to young industry professionals, with the likes of McDonald Holdings and the Australian Brahman Breeders Association having registered their staff to attend next month’s event.

“Understanding the meat science that underpins consumer appreciation of beef products is an essential part of developing modern, sophisticated supply chains,” ICMJ Northern Conference chair Ethan Mooney, of Teys Biloela, said.

“The ICMJ Northern Conference supports this through presentations and training workshops that cover every aspects from farm to fork that can influence the eating experience of the end consumer, including genetic selection, animal handling, diet, meat tenderness and fat cover, and the processing and preparation of the many different cuts of meat.”

Hosted by CQUniversity and Teys Australia in Rockhampton, the inaugural event held in 2019 was such a success that this year’s conference program has been expanded by a day to cater for the interest in the broad range of challenges facing the beef industry.

Keynote speakers for next month’s conference include:

  • Associate Professor Ryan Reuter, of Oklahoma State University, on ‘Grazing management, individual supplementation, and new sensor technologies’;
  • Dr Sarah Stewart, of Murdoch University, on the ‘Opportunities for objective carcass technologies in the Northern beef sector’; and
  • Karen Schutt, of Neogen Australasia, on ‘Genomic selection tools for enhanced eating quality’.

The ICMJ Association is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by Meat & Livestock Australia and the Australian Meat Processing Corporation, with a mission to ‘Inspire and develop future professionals in the global red meat industry’.

Now in its 30th year of existence, the Australian ICMJ has a long and successful reputation of attracting graduates to careers in the red meat industry and the northern conference has also been designed to develop and retain existing talent in the industry.

Registrations for the ICMJ Northern Conference are $240 (inc. GST) per person, which includes all lunches and dinners. A special package, including four nights accommodation at the CQUniversity residential colleges, is available for $330 (inc. GST) – numbers are limited.



Media inquiries: Michael Thomson, CQUni, 0408 819 666