The meat science group at UNE is a dynamic team that carries out a combination of research and teaching. Our research is largely focused on the biological and processing factors that influence meat quality. A large portion of the research funding is derived from MLA, the Beef and Sheep CRCs, and therefore most of the work is concentrated on these species. In Australia the focus is on fresh meat quality, rather than processed meats.
The Meat Science group at UNE have been leaders in the development of the beef and sheep meat grading systems in Australia. The research focus is on production and processing factors that impact on meat quality in both beef and sheep. There are current projects working with supply chains to facilitate better feedback systems and underpin the development of value based marketing systems. A number of MLA projects are working with new technologies to improve and measure meat quality attributes in the meat processing area. The Meat Science course gives an overview of the development of these industry systems and an up-to-date status on the research. There are also opportunities to integrate into these projects with honours and postgraduate studies. Our close working relationship with industry provides opportunities for employment in the feedlot and processing industries.
Associate Degree of Agrifood Systems (not offered to new students after 2015)
Bachelor of Agriculture
Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Law
Bachelor of Agrifood Systems
Bachelor of Animal Science
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Rural Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in Agriculture
Course data provided by the UNE Course and Unit Catalogue.
Meat Science graduates are highly sought after by industry to fill science and industry positions. A proportion of graduates have gone onto postgraduate studies and ultimately secured positions in research organisations both within Australia and overseas. The Meat Science group has very good industry contacts and generally have a number of industry scholarships and traineeships being offered. In the past few years we have had the situation where trainee positions have outnumbered suitable students.
Partnerships, Networks and Industry Links
- Meat and Livestock Australia
- Meat Standards Australia
- Australian Lot Feeders Association
- Department of Agriculture - Australia
- Department of Primary Industries - New South Wales
- Department of Environment and Primary Industries - Victoria
- Department of Agriculture and Food - Western Australia
- Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment - Tasmania
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Queensland
- Primary Industries and Regions - South Australia
- South Australian Research and Development Institute
- National Farmers Federation
- New South Wales Farmers Association
- AgForce Queensland
- Victorian Farmers Federation
- Western Australian Farmers Federation
- Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA
- Tasmanian Farmers' & Graziers' Association
Industry and Marketing Services
The Meat Science group at UNE were the second research group in the world to install a CAT Scanner dedicated to animal production research. The original CAT Scanner was recently replaced, and provides UNE with a unique resource for animal research.