Paddock to plate value chain transcript
Peter Bailey: I'm involved in some research development extension projects around lean meat yield and eating quality traits in lamb production systems
It's really a market driven research program where the consumer market really requires lean meat yield and eating quality traits … and we're trying to validate some research breeding values to do with eating quality and lean meat yield, so that we can meet those market requirements.
Ralph Behrendt: Peter and I are working on different aspects of the research development chain ... but we're all aiming at improving lean meat yield with producers and industry, and improved meat on the table for consumers.
Peter Bailey: It involves a lot of farmers who get involved with their livestock. They come into our project and we set them up under a contract to artificially inseminate their ewes. We've got to look at genetics, we've got to look at reproduction and importantly nutrition. They all play a major part in producing lamb to specification.
Ralph Behrendt: One of the exciting things that
we've had come into the industry is genomic breeding values. In
particular using this information around lean meat yield predictions and
that's where we're applying sort of really novel technology. We're
bringing it back to the farm system at a farm scale and commercial
production level, to look at what the effects are and how our management
systems might influence the results.
Peter Bailey: We're working right across the lamb supply chain from the retailer and consumer, through the process service providers, and importantly working very closely with the lamb producers themselves. So we hold field days and extension days to make sure that they can get involved in understanding what those market requirements are.
Tony Fleetwood: The research is great for producers. If I can get feedback on my carcasses, it just helps me make better decisions on the farm. It's very costly to produce a lamb and at the moment I don't know what they're doing in the meatworks. So being able to follow them through the meatworks and getting figures back, it just helps me make decisions.
Ralph Behrendt: It's always enjoyable to make a difference with producers. I mean working in the industry for 20 years, one of the key drivers for me is making sure that what we do is of benefit to producers.Peter Bailey: This sort of project is really very motivating for people within the DPI. It's a reward seeing farmers produce something that meets the requirements and you are part of developing that, to ensure that those farmers are making the best opportunities of what's in front of them.