Sneak peek at the 2019 meat research workshops

Delegates enjoying the 2018 AgResearch workshop
Delegates enjoying last year's workshop.

We’ve had a sneak look at the programme for the two 2019 research workshops in Hamilton in March.

The dates have changed slightly to accommodate an international keynote speaker – Jean-François Hocquette, an expert in beef muscle growth and from the French national institute for agricultural research INRA.

The Meat Industry Association (MIA)’s annual research and development Workshop will now take place on the morning of Wednesday 13 March 2019, at which representatives of MIA member companies will be updated on the association’s R&D investments over the past year. Further programme information from Richard McColl: richard.mccoll@mia.co.nz.

The newly renamed AgResearch Meat Technology Workshop will run from 1.00pm on 13 March through to the morning of 14 March. This will be split into three sessions: Food Safety & Provenance; Meat Processing and Quality; and Markets and Value, according to workshop organiser Dr Cameron Craigie, AgResearch science impact leader for meat products and supply.

In addition to Dr Hocquette, another confirmed speaker is Beef + Lamb NZ Ltd’s general manager market development Nick Beeby. Participants will also hear the latest updates from AgResearch’s wide meat-science related research programme and from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR). There will also be two speakers from IBM, discussing blockchain, together with an expert on artificial intelligence. You will also hear the latest from the construction of the new joint Food Science Facility at Palmerston North.

It will also mark the end of an era – and the beginning of a new one – as this will be the last time the ever-popular networking BBQ is held at the AgResearch Ruakura campus. You can be sure it will be sent off in style!

Enquiries for the Meat Technology Workshop to Melissa Bryant, email Melissa.bryant@agresearch.co.nz or phone 07-838 5050.

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This article appeared in Food NZ magazine (February/March 2019) and is reproduced here with permission.

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