For the first time the ICMJ National Conference will open its doors to the public to attend keynote seminars as part of the program to be held in Wagga Wagga, NSW.
While registration for the full four-day conference remains restricted to university students competing at ICMJ’s national competition, producers, advisers and industry representatives will now be able to attend presentations on the latest developments shaping the red meat industry to be delivered at Charles Sturt University’s Wal Fife Lecture Theatre on the mornings of Wednesday, 6 July, and Thursday, 7 July.
ICMJ President Peter McGilchrist said the seminar tickets were a great opportunity for those already working in the red meat sector to hear directly from industry leaders.
“ICMJ’s mission is to inspire and develop red meat industry leaders, and while our competitions are a core way of training university students in meat science, understanding the big trends and challenges facing the red meat sector is important to everyone in the industry,” Dr McGilchrist said.
The Wednesday July 6 seminar speakers include Meat and Livestock Australia’s Scott Cameron and Sarah Hyland, Tom Bull from LambPro, and Craig and Jo Stewart from the Gourmet Goat Lady. Dr Darryl D’Souza from Sun Pork will also present a session on innovation in value-add products and Hamish Irvine from Bindaree Beef will discuss carcase utilization in a changing world.
The Thursday July 7 program will focus on the adoption of science in the red meat industry with a presentation by Murdoch University Professor David Pethick, an exploration of breeding and genetics for farm and market by Angus Australia’s Jake Philips and a beef industry systems presentation by Teys Australia Supply Chain Coordinator Molly Greentree. AMPC’s Stuart Shaw and Amanda Carter will also present on the future of processing and the red meat jobs of tomorrow.
Both sessions will conclude with a 30-minute Q&A panel with questions from the audience.
ICMJ activities are supported by foundation partners Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC), and over its 33-year history more than 3000 people have attended the ICMJ events.
As well as the prospects of landing a job through ICMJ, the top performers in the national competition are selected to represent Australia on a tour of the United States red meat industry and compete in a US ICMJ competition.
Tickets are just $50 for both mornings or $30 for one day, and include morning tea sponsored by Fulton Market Group and Angus Australia. Tickets are available for purchase at icmj.com.au/event-tickets/ until June 28 or sold out.