New tech­nol­ogy to im­prove red meat in­dus­try

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MEAT and Live­stock Aus­tralia has a rev­o­lu­tion­ary plan to in­stall ob­jec­tive car­case mea­sure­ment tech­nol­ogy across the red meat in­dus­try.

As a first step, MLA will cre­ate a plat­form to in­stall stage one of the new OCM tech­nol­ogy into all AUS-MEAT reg­is­tered slaugh­ter fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­tralia.

The ini­tia­tive paves the way for sci­en­tific mea­sure­ment of saleable meat yield, fu­ture value-based mar­ket­ing and in­dus­try-wide pro­duc­tiv­ity gains through pro­cess­ing au­toma­tion, ge­netic im­prove­ment and data-based on-farm de­ci­sion mak­ing.

Longer term, the plan is also ex­pected to re­duce the in­dus­try’s an­nual multi-mil­lion cost of grad­ing.

Manag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Nor­ton said MLA had sought and re­ceived sup­port from the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture for the ini­tia­tive.

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