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Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation E-commerce & market platforms Traceability
Research project

On-line measurement of intramuscular fat in hot lamb carcases

An imaging needle using an established medical technology has established a positive proof-of-concept to measure Intra Muscular Fat (IMF) percentage in an un-cut lamb carcase. Intramuscular fat contributes positively to the juiciness and flavour of lamb and is a useful indicator of eating quality. This project will assist in refining the pre-commercial prototype probe under development, validate the precision and accuracy of IMF measurement and release a prototype device to an early-adopter industry partner.

Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation E-commerce & market platforms Traceability
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    9 Feb 2022 -
    1 Jun 2025

  • Research organisation

    The University of Adelaide (UA)

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Automation Food processing technology Processing & packaging
Research project

Translating intramuscular fat measurement technology to the sheepmeat industry

Intramuscular fat contributes positively to the juiciness and flavour of lamb and is a useful indicator of eating quality. This project will deliver a commercially applicable intramuscular probe to measure intramuscular fat in un-cut lamb carcases. This project will focus on lamb but the device will also be applicable to beef.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Automation Food processing technology Processing & packaging
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    15 Dec 2021 -
    31 Jan 2025

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Fruits
Plant science
Research project

Genetics of Fruit Sensory Preferences

This project is exploring how the sensory qualities of fruit, such as taste, smell, look and feel contribute to consumer preferences, purchasing and consumption of fruit, and feeding that information into breeding programs to improve fruit varieties for both the grower and the consumer.

Fruits
Plant science
  • Funded by

    Hort Innovation

  • Project date

    2 Nov 2021 -
    15 May 2026

  • Research organisation

    Griffith University

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Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation Processing & packaging Robotics
Research project

Calibration and accreditation of the SOMA device to measure IMF in sheepmeat

Soma Optics, Ltd is a Japanese supplier of near infrared technologies to assess meat quality characteristics in livestock. This project will support the final calibration of three SOMA devices to predict intramuscular fat (IMF) in Australian sheepmeat, which is an indicator of eating quality.

Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Automation Processing & packaging Robotics
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    30 Oct 2021 -
    29 Dec 2023

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology E-commerce & market platforms
Research project

Statistical Support for MSA Research & Development

Meat Standards Australia (MSA) was developed by the Australian red meat industry to improve the eating quality consistency of beef and sheepmeat. This funding will provide project and study design consultation as well as statistical support for MSA research and development, as directed by authorised MSA personnel.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology E-commerce & market platforms
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    1 Oct 2021 -
    30 Mar 2023

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Alternative protein Food processing technology
Research project

Red Meat Protein Ingredient Opportunities

This project aims to identify new formats for red meat proteins and new occasions for their use, with a view to developing a red meat protein supplement/ingredient that excites consumers and new and existing product manufacturers.

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Alternative protein Food processing technology
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    1 Sep 2021 -
    29 Jan 2023

  • Research organisation

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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Beef cattle
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Harvest technology Processing & packaging
Research project

The effect of lairage duration on carcase quality, yield and microbiological status

The purpose of lairage is to rest sheep and cattle prior to slaughter, to recover from loading and transport. This project will further develop the findings of a previous pilot study to determine if a shorter time in lairage improves carcase yield, meat quality and animal welfare at a commercial scale.

Beef cattle
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Harvest technology Processing & packaging
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    15 Jul 2021 -
    19 Mar 2023

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Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Automation Food processing technology Traceability
Research project

MSA Sheepmeat Grading Model and Systems Development

This project will provide support for the development, delivery and implementation of the 'Mark II' Sheepmeat Cuts based system, which is designed to optimise eating quality and enhance on-farm practices to ensure a consistently high quality product is delivered to consumers.

Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Automation Food processing technology Traceability
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    12 Jun 2021 -
    31 Dec 2022

  • Research organisation

    Management for Technology Pty Ltd

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Pork
Animal technology
Research project

Analysing production costs of whole v immunocastrated males

APL has previously conducted research studying the effects of immunocastration (IC), such as improvement of pork eating quality and affect …

Pork
Animal technology
  • Funded by

    Australian Pork (APL)

  • Project date

    1 Jun 2021 -
    28 Oct 2021

  • Research organisation

    The University of Melbourne

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Beef cattle
Multiple technology areas
Data and AI Imagery
Research project

Development of App for beef carcase grading by camera technologies

This project will enable beef grading to be conducted by Industry endorsed objective camera technologies and interface with existing MLA …

Beef cattle
Multiple technology areas
Data and AI Imagery
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    15 May 2021 -
    15 Oct 2022

  • Research organisation

    Management for Technology Pty Ltd

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Fruits
Research project

Table grape consumer acceptance and attitudes

This investment is providing the table grape industry with valuable information on the behaviours and attitudes of consumers towards table …

Fruits
  • Funded by

    Hort Innovation

  • Project date

    7 Dec 2020 -
    7 Dec 2023

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Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Data and AI
Research project

Development of DATAbank IT System for Research Project Design and Data Storage

This project will develop a cloud based system to manage eating quality research trial design and a database to securely …

Multiple industries
Beef cattle Sheep & lamb
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Data and AI
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    3 Dec 2020 -
    30 Sep 2022

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Beef cattle
Food processing technology
Research project

Measurement of pH in high intramuscular muscle

Muscle pH is measured on all MSA graded carcases as an indicator of eating quality. This project will provide verification …

Beef cattle
Food processing technology
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    2 Sep 2020 -
    28 Feb 2022

  • Research organisation

    The University of Queensland (UQ)

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Sheep & lamb
Research project

Lamb MSA Mark II Limited Cut x Cook

This project aims to conduct consumer sensory testing of cuts from lambs from the INF and resource flocks, primarily from …

Sheep & lamb
  • Funded by

    Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

  • Project date

    26 Aug 2020 -
    28 Oct 2022

  • Research organisation

    Murdoch University

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Wine
Multiple technology areas
Food processing technology Plant science
Research project

Smoke taint

When vineyards and grapes are exposed to smoke it can result in wines that are smoky, burnt, ashy or medicinal, which provoke a negative response in consumers. The main goal of this project is to determine the link between grape compositional and wine sensory data and prepare a stock of experimental wines for future work, from grapes exposed to smoke during the 2019-20 bushfires in south-eastern Australia.

Wine
Multiple technology areas
Food processing technology Plant science
  • Funded by

    Wine Australia

  • Project date

    1 Jul 2020 -
    30 Jun 2022

  • Research organisation

    Charles Sturt University (CSU)

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Fruits
Processing & packaging
Research project

Processing jackfruit into ready-to-eat products and ingredients

The Australian jackfruit industry has been largely stagnate for the last decade. There are two key impediments to growth: (1) the …

Fruits
Processing & packaging
  • Funded by

    AgriFutures Australia

  • Project date

    22 Jun 2020 -
    26 Aug 2021

  • Research organisation

    Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

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Fruits
Multiple technology areas
Harvest technology Imagery Machinery & hardware Plant science Robotics
Research project

Sensors for Summerfruit Exports

Developing innovative new real-time sensors to assess fruit quality to meet summerfruit export requirements for the Chinese market.

Fruits
Multiple technology areas
Harvest technology Imagery Machinery & hardware Plant science Robotics
  • Funded by

    Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (Food Agility CRC)

  • Project date

    31 May 2020 -
    30 Oct 2022

  • Research organisation

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)

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