Rendering training workshop

Rendering will be the focus of a four-day comprehensive workshop to be held in Hamilton this month.

The aim of the comprehensive New Zealand Renders Group (NZRG) workshop is to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the rendering and associated processes, says Meat Industry Association (MIA) technical executive Kevin Cresswell, the workshop organiser.

Experienced rendering operators, supervisors, managers, service staff and suppliers to the industry will benefit from the workshop combination of presentations. The agenda will cover an overview of rendering in New Zealand, raw materials, cooking, separation, tallow, meal, markets, services, yields/mass balances and hygiene.

The course serves as a base for the National Certificate in Meat Processing (Rendering) – Level Four and offers an assessment of at least one unit standard of the National Certificate.

Included in the workshop, which will be held at the AgResearch Ruakura campus from 23-26 June 2014, is participation at the NZRG seminar and dinner on Thursday 26 June.

The NZRG is a semi-autonomous committee of the MIA. Membership consists of all members of the MIA, together with independent processor or exporter renderers and associate members.

Register at For further information please contact Kevin Cresswell on 04 495 8375 or

This article has appeared in Food NZ magazine (June/July 2014) and is reproduced here with permission.

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