Out of the 200 competitors at the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) competition, two second year Animal Science students of Murdoch University, Claudia Nielsen and Renae Piggott, made the cut to join the meat industry tour in Brisbane later this year. Participants from 12 other universities in Australia, Japan, Pakistan, USA, and Indonesia joined the competition.

Nielsen and Piggott, together with Jamie Nykiel and Holly Carter bagged the championship award in lamb carcass judging. Moreover, Piggott got overall third place in pork judging, Nielsen, however, got fourth overall in lamb judging, and Carter got fifth place for beef judging.

Seeing her dedication and passion for the Australia red meat industry by the coaches, Piggott was privileged to attend the training week in Brisbane. She was also granted a scholarship by the Australian Pork Limited for a placement completion within the pork industry. Similarly, one of the team coaches was also given a scholarship to complete an industry placement at the Cattle Council of Australia.

Piggott considers ICMJ one of her best experiences and she looks forward to her future in the red meat industry.

Keely McGregor, coach of the student achievers, was very proud of their performance and confident that the opportunities they gained from such experience will be carried on throughout their bright futures. She is also thankful to the sponsors of the university team such as the Harvey Beef, Linley Valley Pork, the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia, and the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust.

Following the training in Brisbane, five students from the top 10 finalists will be selected to join the US meat industry tour next year.