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The purpose of this application is to undertake a detailed analysis of current and future Livestock Animal Welfare RD&E capability and infrastructure, identify current and emerging gaps, and develop recommendations and strategies to address these gaps. The analysis of extension capability focused on the skills available for development of animal welfare extension strategies and...
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This project aimed to assess time points in the supply chain, from feedlots to processing, to assess the relative levels of stress at these time points and the impact of cattle temperament on stress. Qualitative behavioural assessment was also investigated as an alternative method of assessing welfare. The impact of stress and temperament on cattle production and the potential for prediction...
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Chemical Lean (CL) is defined as the amount of lean red meat compared to the amount of fat in a meat sample. Its determination by an approved method is a mandatory AUS-MEAT requirement for any export meat product. Presently, there are fifteen approved methods ranging from classical wet chemical to specific instrumental based techniques. To date, no comprehensive study has been undertaken in...
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This project involves an investigation into the most optimal wastewater treatment and energy solution(s) available to NCMC's processing and tannery operations at Cassino. The project is the first step towards NCMC's long term objective of being self-sufficient in terms of energy supply. The investigation will lead to specification of the most beneficial solution(s) to allow...
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This project evaluated the TenderSpec TM  beef classification system for tenderness and marbling. The objectives were to evaluate this U.S. system against Australian cattle to identify tender carcasses and evaluate marbling/intramuscular fat within the ribeye. The results indicate the capability of the TenderSpec TM  beef classification system in identifying...
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This project was undertaken to develop a roadmap for the use of intelligent automation (IA) by the Australian meat processing industry. It is intended to pave the way for building an enabler in the form of a dedicated research centre, bringing the meat processing industry and academia together. The project has assessed technologies within carcass processing and meat packaging aspects and...
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With an employment of less than 10%, the use of sensory technology for remote monitoring and control in the meat processing industry is not widespread. This research project was designed to assist meat processors in evaluating the tangible and intangible benefits to their wastewater treatment by utilising a real time data monitoring and control system provided by good quality...
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The objectives of the project were to provide state based red meat (beef) processing costs for NSW and Queensland to support a more detailed understanding of the cost pressures facing red meat processors, and thereby provide additional options to reduce the sectors costs. The project followed on from an earlier AMPC Project “Analysis of regulatory and related costs and...
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AMPC has developed a representative processor economic model that seeks to provide AMPC and industry stakeholders with a tool to objectively assess the drivers of processor economic performance. The model incorporates AMPC’s recently released processing Cost to Operate data , as well as other AMPC and wider red meat industry data. The model covers an 11-year period from January...
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This is a complimentary piece to the 'Analysis of Regulatory and Related Costs in Red Meat Processing' report. It incorporates analysis of data obtained from New Zealand investigations for beef and sheep/lamb processing. A direct comparison between processing costs for both beef and sheep/lamb in Australia and New Zealand is provided along with a summary comparison for beef...
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