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Murdoch University

RASWA would like to congratulate Murdoch Animal Science student Kristy Walters from Brookton who took out the Champion Individual prize at the National Merino Challenge in Sydney in May.

Murdoch University ICMJ Competition

Murdoch University, sponsored by the RAS of WA, has just returned victorious from the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition (ICMJ), held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga 7th – 11th July 2015. In the competition, students evaluate beef, lamb and pork carcasses, primals and retail cuts. The Murdoch team,was able to send its largest ever team with 13 Animal and Veterinary science students.

This year’s ICMJ program attracted 165 students and coaches from 11 Universities around Australia, plus 4 international teams from Japan, South Korea, USA and Indonesia.

It was a fantastic week with Murdoch university taking out the following awards:

  • reserve champion team for beef judging 
  • reserve champion team for lamb judging
  • reserve champion team for retail cut and primal identification 
  • reserve champion team for question and written reasons 
  • reserve champion individual for beef judging
  • reserve champion individual for retail cut and primal identification.

Three Murdoch students made it into the top 15, with two students Reuben Welke and Monica Stipinovich progressing into the top 10.

Reuben and Monica will now attend an intensive industry training week in Brisbane for selection into the Australian team to compete in the USA.

This year the ICMJ committee provided coaches the opportunity to nominate an exceptional student to attend the Brisbane training week. Chad Averill was nominated for showing tremendous industry potential.

As well as the competition, the students also had an industry tour of the region. Murdoch visited Ashleigh Park feedlot, LambPro, Rennylea Angus Genetics, Knights Butcher and Teys Australia Wagga Wagga plant.

This program is central to the education and training of the next generation of industry leaders coming out of Western Australia.