Australia’s Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association (ICMJ) is investigating new digital delivery methods for meat science training and career networking after COVID-19 (coronavirus) forced the cancellation of its annual conferences.
As a result of the measures brought in to limit the spread of coronavirus, the association’s national committee had decided to cancel all of its 2020 face-to-face events, including overseas tours, school competitions, and its annual conferences in Wagga Wagga and Rockhampton.
With face-to-face events no longer possible, ICMJ is now preparing a program of activities to be delivered from digital platforms to ensure students and young industry professionals can continue to access training and networking opportunities.
Please continue to follow out social media channels and this website for updated information on our 2020 digital events.
ICMJ Wagga Conference will return as planned in 2021.
The 2021 program will include:
Industry guest speakers: A range of topics covered including speakers from beef, lamb and pork industries, graziers, feedlotters and processors
Interactive workshops: based on carcase utilisation and judging. Hands on training and a range of theoretical and practical judging tips and practice classes
Careers Expo: Meeting potential employers and opportunities for graduates within the meat industry, combined with workshops and information for graduates.
Featured special dinner: Awards presentation dinner and announcement of finalists to undertake industry training for Australian team selection.
More information and student resources can be found on our Collegiate Resources page
As above, all ICMJ face-to-face events have been cancelled in 2020.
ICMJ Northern Conference in Rockhamption will return in 2021.
The Northern ICMJ conference aims to:
A number of Meat Judging competitions for school students are run throughout the year by local show societies or groups. The Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association is affiliated with some of these competitions.
A Schools Meat Judging Competition is held in October as part of the annual Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza.
For more information visit: beefbonanza.org.au
The Gympie Schools Meat Judging Competition is held in conjunction with the Gympie Carcass Classic and run by the Gympie District Beef Liason Group.
For more information visit: gdblg.org.au
The Beef Appreciation Competition during Wingham Beef Week in May and is contested by local school teams. Teams are required to assess a pen of four steers on the hoof, and are then involved in judging animals on the hook, primals and identifying retail cuts.
For more information visit: winghambeefweek.com.au