The 2019 Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition will be held for the first time in Rockhampton, QLD. Until now, the ICMJ competition has been run every year out of Southern Australia (Wagga Wagga in NSW). Last year’s event attracted students from ten Australian universities as well as international teams from the US, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.
The 2019 competition is sponsored by Teys Australia and CQUniversity Australia. The event will be held on the 25-27th of April, and is open to universities, vocational training organisations and agribusinesses that have staff commencing a career in the red meat industry. Unlike the southern competition, this event will be designed specifically to address the needs of the northern beef industry.
According to the ICMJ’s northern conference event coordinator, Teys Australia’s Ethan Mooney, the purpose of the competition is to increase the talent of those considering a career in the red meat industry through a competitive learning environment. In his words, “This is a fantastic opportunity to build the capacity in the northern beef industry and for young agriculture students to gain new skills as well as network with potential employers.”