Rozzie O’Reilly, an Animal Science student at the University of New England, achieved fifth place overall from among 107 competitors at the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition (ICMJ) held at Wagga Wagga last week.
The competing teams came from universities all over Australia, and from the United States and Japan.
Rozzie, with 909 points from a possible 1,150, was named one of the “ICMJ top ten finalists” at the Coles Awards Dinner last weekend. “The competition was very challenging,” she said, “and I was shocked – yet very happy – with my overall point score.”
She said that she was “extremely excited” about having the opportunity – as an ICMJ finalist – to travel to Brisbane later in the year to undertake a five-day Meat Standards Australia training course. From there, five students will be selected to travel to the United States to compete in a National Stock Show and gain an extensive industry tour.
UNE entered a team of nine students, all of whom participated in all classes – from retail cut and primal identification through to the judging of pork, lamb and beef carcasses – with four of the students entering as competitors. Their coaches, UNE students Georgie Lawrence and Allister Hamilton, agreed that they had “achieved great results” – and, more importantly, had “gained an insightful experience of the livestock and meat industry”.
Georgie Lawrence, a third-year Rural Science student, said that the team members were grateful to their sponsors – UNE, Jacksons Quality Meats, Teys Australia in Tamworth, and Armitage & Buckley Armidale – for making that invaluable experience possible. “They are also grateful to Glenn Bulloch for driving the bus to and from the competition, as well as for his expertise in meat judging,” she said.
For the first time, the competition was held at Charles Sturt University and Teys Australia in Wagga Wagga. “The facilities were excellent for hosting the competition,” Georgie said.
THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here, taken at Teys Australia Wagga Wagga, expands to show (back row from left) Coach Allister Hamilton, Fred Broughton, Michael Pocock, Zac Geldof, Jacob McArthur and Adrian Brereton; (front row from left) Anna-Maree Johnston, Bree Kohlase, Emily Hall, Rozzie O’Reilly and Coach Georgie Lawrence.