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Primo hosts secondary schoolers’ carcase judging competition

Jon Condon, 13/11/2012

 

Students from 18 secondary schools across NSW competed in the ICMJ meat judging contest at Primo abattoir, SconePrimo Australia’s abattoir at Scone, NSW hosted more than 100 young secondary school students from across the State recently, as they competed in the annual Upper Hunter junior meat judging contest.

The students from 18 different secondary schools from as far distant as Campbelltown and  Coonabarabran were involved in judging beef carcases and primals as well as identifying everyday retail cuts.

Calrossy Anglican School from Tamworth was again victorious in claiming the title of 2012 champion team while Jonty Hemmingway from Wingham High School was crowned individual champion.

Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes and St Joseph’s Aberdeen also picked up individual class prizes.

Primo abattoir’s plant manager, Michael Brooks and head chiller assessor Mark South were on hand to ensure the smooth operation of the contest, run by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association, which conducts similar competitions throughout the year for secondary school and University level students.

The contest requires students to evaluate yield and quality attributes of the carcases and rank them accordingly, as well as answer a series of observation questions. This demonstrates their understanding of the key attributes that impact on the value of meat.

Hayley Robinson of the Intercollegiate Meat Judging committee said Primo Australia had generously hosted the contest this year.

“It was very impressive to see the interest and enthusiasm shown among the students in learning more about the meat industry,” Ms Robinson said.

The opportunity provided a valuable insight for secondary students into future potential career path opportunities in the meat industry.

Teacher and coach of the winning Calrossy Anglican School team, Brony Neilson, said the competition at Primo was a valuable, rewarding and rare opportunity for students from many schools to view carcases up close in the chillers, while developing their skills in meat assessment.

“The event has become more and more popular each year as part of the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza program,” she said.

Major sponsors of the meat judging competitions are Meat & Livestock Australia and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation.

 

Full Results:

Beef carcase class 1:

This class was tied. The tie-breaker was a countback on overall score. Individual Winner:  Jonty Hemmingway, Wingham High School (100/100); runner-up, Janie Ryan, Calrossy Anglican School (100/100). Team winner: Wingham High School – Jonty Hemmingway, Maddy Commber, Taryn Worth, Victoria Lee (388/400); runner-up:  St Joseph’s Aberdeen – Jack Davis, Taylor Miller, Tom Callinan, Monique Estrada (387/400).

Beef carcase class 2:

This class was tied. The tie-breaker was a countback on overall score. Individual winner:  Jonty Hemmingway, Wingham High School (100/100); runner up: Emily Nott, Calrossy Anglican School 100/100. Team winner: Calrossy Anglican School – Emily Nott, Jaynie Ryan, Anne Johnston, Stephanie Balla (384/400); runner-up: Wingham High School  – Jonty Hemmingway, Maddy Commber, Taryn Worth, Victoria Lee (381/400).

Beef primal class:

This class was tied. The tie-breaker was a countback on overall score. Individual winner: Monique Estrada, St Joseph’s Aberdeen (100/100); runner-up: Cooper Byrnes, Red Bend Catholic College (100/100). Team winner: Calrossy Anglican School – Emily Nott, Jaynie Ryan, Anne Johnston, Stephanie Balla (368/400); runner-up: St Joseph’s Aberdeen – Jack Davis, Taylor Miller, Tom Callinan, Monique Estrada (367/400).

Retail cut and primal identification class:

This class was tied. The tie-breaker was a count back on overall score. Individual winner: Jonty Hemmingway, Wingham High School (15/15); runner-up: Emily Nott, Calrossy Anglican School (15/15). Teams winner: Calrossy Anglican School – Emily Nott, Jaynie Ryan, Anne Johnston, Stephanie Balla (56/60); runner-up: Wingham High School – Jonty Hemmingway, Maddy Commber, Taryn Worth, Victoria Lee (51/60).

Overall team award:

First:Calrossy Anglican School – Emily Nott, Jaynie Ryan, Anne Johnston, Stephanie Balla (1188/1260); second: Wingham High School – Jonty Hemmingway, Maddy Commber, Taryn Worth, Victoria Lee (1162/1260); third: St Joseph’s Aberdeen – Jack Davis, Taylor Miller, Tom Callinan, Monique Estrada (1161/1260).

Overall Individual champions:

First: Jonty Hemmingway, Wingham High (308/315); second: Emily Nott, Calrossy Anglican School (301/315); third: Jaynie Ryan, Calrossy Anglican School (298/315).

 

 

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