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Condamine Feedlot Solar Project
Mar 5, 2019
The Teys Condamine Feedlot has reduced energy usage through adopting solar farm technologies. Check out their story here.
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Process Monitoring for the Australian Meat Industry - A Comparative Industry Trial
Feb 20, 2019
This project was a recommendation from a previous AMPC project (2017-1068), which analysed the monitoring procedures in Australia's meat export establishments. The broad objectives of the ...
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Development of an engineering maintenance strategy
Jan 19, 2019
After strong interest from the industry, resources were developed to provide information and advice to enterprises and RTOs so that they may better understand training pathways availa...
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The suitability of standard meat conveyor belt materials for CO2 pellet cleaning
Dec 20, 2018
The project assessed the suitability of dry-ice blasting for polymer-based conveyor belts used in the meat processing industry. Investigations were undertaken to determine the effects of thermal var...
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Making the Meat Industry a Safer Place for Workers
Dec 14, 2018
The significant focus on safety in the past 30 years led to a current phase in safety where only incremental reduction is possible through current safety strategies. As a result, significant reducti...
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Evaluation of electrocoagulation as a wastewater treatment technology for meat processors
Nov 30, 2018
The project reviewed the effectiveness of electrocoagulation (EC) for treating wastewater streams from small-to-medium sized red meat abattoirs in Australia as a possible alternative to chemical coa...
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Can on-site beef dark cutting evaluation (monitoring) be improved and value-added?
Nov 8, 2018
This project explored glycolytic and sensory quality parameter variation within carcasses graded as dark cutting and compared these to normal carcasses. Dark cutting is problematic and in an effo...
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Pilot study on design of lairage, handling and stunning facilities and the potential impact on animal welfare and meat quality
Oct 30, 2018
While there is evidence that pre-slaughter stress, affects animal welfare and meat quality, little is known of the relative importance of handling pre-slaughter and the effect of design features of ...
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Analysis of Regulatory and Related Costs in Red Meat Processing
Oct 29, 2018
This project identifies and quantifies the costs that face the red meat processing industry in Australia and compares them with key international competitors the United States, Brazil and Argentina....
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Sensing for Offal Grading and Enablement of Automation
Oct 19, 2018
Since offal inspection requires both internal (excision and/or palpitation) and external (visual) activities, an automated offal inspection station must offer both internal and external inspection m...
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Microbiological food safety and storage life of Australian red meat
Oct 3, 2018
For many years, there has been anecdotal evidence through the international meat trade that Australian meat products excel in food safety and shelf life. This project tracks the historical develo...
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Review Of ACCC Report On Electricity Affordability and Australia’s Competitive Advantage
Aug 10, 2018
The key objective of this project was to provide a timely assessment of the implications for the red meat industry of the findings of the ACCC’s report on restoring electricity affordability a...
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Struvite vs Traditional Chemical Phosphorus Precipitation
Jul 16, 2018
Phosphorus removal from red meat industry wastewater is currently performed by chemical precipitation, but there is increasing interest in struvite crystallization, as it produces a useable fertiliz...
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Oil and Grease Value Assessment Tool
Jul 13, 2018
Oil and grease (O&G) in meat processing wastewater has long been considered a difficult contaminant that must be separated in the primary wastewater treatment system, usually using a Dissolved A...
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Meat Packaging Solutions to Current Industry Challenges
Jul 13, 2018
Much advancement has occurred in the field of smart meat packaging, and there is great potential for these to be used as tools that respond to challenges faced by the red meat industry. This proj...
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Development of Reporting Tools for the Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System
Jul 13, 2018
AMPC, with assistance from the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), has developed an industry best practice standard to address animal welfare compliance. This project is designed to establish a...
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Educational Pathways: Creating a Highly Skilled Meat Industry - Year 1
Jul 13, 2018
The 'Educational Scholarship Pathways Program: Creating a Highly Skilled Meat Industry' project aims to create a holistic educational program at RMIT University to develop people that will have the ...
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Developing a Model for Meat Inspection and Quality Assurance Employment Outcomes for University Graduates and Undergraduates
Jul 13, 2018
The industry is suffering an ongoing shortage of recruits who are young, able and qualified in meat inspection and quality assurance. This project has explored the prospect of attracting universi...
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Upgrade of the Meat Inspection Exam Generator
Jul 13, 2018
In 2013, MINTRAC created the first Meat Inspection Exam Generator, which was CD-based and had a trainer and student version. The generator enabled Registered Training Organisation (RTO) staff and st...
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Redeveloping the Core Unit CDs into Online Resources for Red Meat Processors
Jul 12, 2018
The project replaced the outdated Core Unit CDs with a series of short, sharp online films (named 'Meat Industry Essentials') which can be used by processing companies and trainers to support induct...
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Investigating Water and Wastewater Reuse and Recycling Opportunities
Jul 12, 2018
The main objective of this project is to progress water recycling and reuse in the red meat processing industry by providing a selection and assessment tool, incorporating cost benefit analysis (CBA...
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Intelligent Solutions for Boxed Beef Trim Export Enhancement
Jul 12, 2018
Mislabeling of 'beef in box' products, lack of packaging integrity checks and absence of archived and traceable visual data for exported beef products incur significant costs to Australian beef expo...
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3D Dynamic Skeletal Modelling
May 23, 2018
The purpose of this project was to explore the feasibility to extend the usefulness of the X-ray scanning of a carcass to further downstream carcass break-up operations by the use of the carcass&rsq...
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Demonstrating & Trialing of an Internet-Of-Things Solution for Real-Time Computation and Delivery of Plant KPIs
May 18, 2018
This project considered opportunities for introducing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to the Australian red meat processing industry, aiming to improve productivity for the worker and...
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Investigation into Voltage Optimisation Technology for Abattoirs
May 8, 2018
Energy costs are one of the major operating costs in the red meat processing industry in Australia (AU$1M to AU$2M per year each in the top 25 processing plants), with primary energy sources includi...
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Identifying Strategies for Regulator Awareness
Mar 14, 2018
This project aims to build regulatory awareness of the Australian red meat processing industry’s practices and systems (including in the area of food safety and meat quality). This increase...
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Meat Industry Environment Network 2016-17
Mar 2, 2018
The Meat Industry Environment Network provides a means to share information on the research, development and extension (RD&E) activities relating to AMPC’s Environment and Sustainability R...
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Developing a Model to Support the Employment of Migrants and Refugees in the Australian Meat Processing Industry
Feb 28, 2018
This project sought to develop and trial a model for employing a group of 10-15 migrants at Thomas Foods International at Murray Bridge, with a view to being adapted and used by other meat processin...
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An Integrated CO2 Production and CO2-NH3 Cascade Refrigeration System
Feb 12, 2018
Liquefied CO 2 is used on a daily basis in the red meat industry to produce dry ice snow for product cooling applications. Traditionally, it has been cost prohibitive for abattoirs to invest in the...
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Impact of extended shelf-life of chilled beef into overseas markets
Feb 2, 2018
Australia is a major exporter of vacuum packaged chilled beef (VPCB) to many overseas markets, and China is an increasingly important export destination for Australian VPCB, with enormous potential ...
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Microplasma Disinfection of Meat
Jan 24, 2018
The prevention and control of bacterial contamination is vital to the reputation and commercial viability of meat processors. This work investigated the new opportunity presented by micro-plasma ...
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X-Ray OCM Bone, Fat and Muscle Trials
Jan 22, 2018
The purpose of this project was to investigate the ability of an automated beef rib cutting system to accurately perform objective carcase measurement (OCM) on beef sides for fat, lean and bone comp...
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Automated visual inspection and preparation of live animals for meat processing
Jan 12, 2018
The purpose of this research project was to design and develop an automated cattle inspection and washing station that improves the cleanliness of cattle prior to entering the knocking box. This ...
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Technology evaluation for fat removal for beef striploins
Jan 11, 2018
This project has researched the processes of fat trimming with the objective to determine automation feasibility to achieve trimming leaving a uniform layer of fat on beef striploin primal pieces. ...
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DAWR Red Meat Industry Awareness Tour
Jan 9, 2018
In an effort to avert the growing disconnect between departmental officers and the red meat industry, Food and Veterinary Services Pty Ltd presented two industry awareness tours, funded by...
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Professional Development Training Webinars for QA Managers
Dec 18, 2017
This project was for the development and delivery of six professional development training webinars for Quality Assurance staff on ‘hot’ industry topics (such as animal welfare, meat sci...
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Identifying storage thresholds in frozen and chilled red meats
Dec 13, 2017
Red meat (lamb and beef) are important global commodities and as such, industry must deliver safe and quality product to often distant end-users – to do otherwise would incur substantial marke...
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Implementing a preferred business model for delivery by AMPC
Dec 13, 2017
AMPC directly serves interests of processors and is primarily accountable to that sector. It must quickly develop and galvanize its value proposition to ensure sustainable and proactive support of p...
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Optimising meat quality and functionality through novel processing interventions
Dec 13, 2017
Tenderness is recognised as the most important palatability trait for eating satisfaction of meat and, consequently, has a great impact on its value and repeated purchase by consumers.  Thus...
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Engagement of Red Meat Processors in the Digital Economy
Dec 13, 2017
This project originally sought to investigate Artificial Intelligence solutions to Animal Health issues within the red meat processing industry. Further analysis revealed the need to define artifici...
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Management of the Australian Q Fever Register for 2016-17
Dec 13, 2017
The Australian Q Fever Register underpins Q Fever risk management across the workplace and has contributed to a significant reduction in Q Fever occurrence within the industry workforce. This pro...
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Electronic data collection for meat inspection
Dec 13, 2017
There is a growing interest on the part of the red meat industry to capture and report on the health of livestock slaughtered in processing plants throughout Australia. Such health data can be of si...
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Emergency Animal Disease Training for the Red Meat Processing Industry
Dec 13, 2017
AMPC had recognised that a training program to ensure red meat processing industry personnel understand their roles and responsibilities in the event of an Emergency Animal Disease response was not ...
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Automated container loading
Dec 13, 2017
The objective of this project was to develop, install and test an automated container loading system for the packing of meat cartons into a refrigerated shipping container. This will be a pilot syst...
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Automated lamb frenching
Dec 13, 2017
Manual frenching of lamb racks requires skilled knife-work and consumes considerable labour resources. Current commercial frenching solutions (that require reduced labour) result in significant wate...
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Upgrading of side stream products
Dec 12, 2017
The aim of this project was to present an overview of the utilisation of proteins from side stream raw materials with a focus on hydrolysed proteins. The goal was to gather knowledge related to q...
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MINTRAC provision of extension services to red meat processors 2016-2017
Dec 12, 2017
This project continues to be important to both AMPC and the red meat processing industry as a whole. It enables the training and extension implications of developments in technology, regulation and ...
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Improvements to robotic bandsaw operation
Dec 12, 2017
Robotic automation and hybrid processes for bandsawing have a wide array of advantages for the red meat industry, including lower production costs, reduced worker fatigue, increased workplace safety...
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Detail design study for CO2 capture and liquefaction
Dec 12, 2017
The project investigated the detail design challenges and conditions to integrate a CO2 capture plant into an existing abattoir process system. The project also outlined high risk components and ...
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Meat Industry Training Network
Dec 12, 2017
The industry's training networks provide the means of ensuring that R&D outcomes, innovation, new regulatory requirements and industry requirements become embedded into the meat industry trainin...
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Ammonia refrigeration training programs
Dec 12, 2017
The Ammonia Refrigeration Training program was for the delivery of three further ammonia refrigeration training programs based on the model developed and trialled under the AMPC Professional Develop...
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Cost benefit analysis for combined splitting and spinal cord removal
Dec 12, 2017
Beef carcase splitting is currently undertaken by trained and experienced saw men, often using splitting saw operated on hydraulic platforms. Due to recent progress in automating other aspects of...
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Automatic equipment for handling the bung in the lamb slaughter process
Dec 12, 2017
The objective of this project was to evaluate the benefits and possibilities of adapting the existing automatic pork bung handling equipment, which is in use in Denmark, to slaughter lines for lamb ...
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Strategic opportunities for water reuse and recycling at Australian abattoirs
Dec 11, 2017
The focus of this project was to identify the needs and opportunities to achieve water efficiency gains in Australian meat processing facilities through water conservation, reuse and recycling whils...
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Caprine and ovine "cubing" characterisation and automation feasibility
Dec 11, 2017
In Australia, primal cut meat is generally compacted into frozen blocks and cut into “cubes” for bulk packaging or in bags of fixed weight for export. Tests conducted indicate that cutti...
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Electronic system for alternate protocol for managing illegible or missing shipping marks for the USA
Dec 11, 2017
This project was the industry adoption phase of previous work conducted by MLA, AUS-MEAT and others over the last 15 years in the development and implementation of the GS1 bar coding standards and e...
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Membrane systems for treatment and energy recovery of abattoir wastewater
Dec 11, 2017
The primary aim of this project was to investigate robust membrane technology for primary treatment of abattoir wastewater. A specific focus was on improved recovery fats and proteins for by-prod...
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Organic and inorganic waste management at abattoirs
Dec 11, 2017
Project 1/3 : The focus of this project was to assess the requirements to treat, store, or otherwise transform paunch into a usable product for on farm use. The aims of the project were twofold...
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Self-cleaning membranes for tallow recovery from abattoir wastewater
Dec 11, 2017
The main objective of this research project was to investigate the potential for self-cleaning or low fouling membranes in the Red Meat industry for tallow recovery. The philosophy behind the pro...
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Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors: In-vessel technology for high rate recovery of energy and nutrient resources
Dec 11, 2017
Red meat processors can generate large volumes of wastewater rich in both organic contaminants and nutrients and can therefore be strong candidates for treatment processes aimed at recovery of energ...
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Value adding
Dec 11, 2017
Barriers exist at all stages in the supply chain for the development of new, bovine derived value added products. By speaking with stakeholders at all stages in the supply chain, we developed an und...
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Development of naked primal cut recognition software
Dec 7, 2017
Red meat processors currently utilise manual skilled labour for their naked primal cut identification and bagging procedure. This requires significant labour from staff trained in the identification...
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Integrated robotic picking and packing of primal cuts
Dec 7, 2017
Meat processing plants suffer significant labour costs and workplace health and safety risks associated with the manual picking and packing of primal cuts after processing. As such, the successfu...
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Indonesia and halal certification
Dec 1, 2017
The Halal Law mandates compulsory halal certification across consumable products, including food and beverages, medicines, cosmetics, chemicals and biological products and includes the manufacturing...
Nov 30, 2017
Raw meat is cooked to achieve a palatable and safe product. However, meat shrinks upon cooking due to protein denaturation which results in reduced yield by loss of liquid (cook loss). The moisture ...
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Miniaturised snake robotics for spinal cord removal prior to splitting beef carcasses
Nov 30, 2017
Spinal cord removal and splitting have remained manual processes in slaughter houses around the world, due to the variability of the carcasses and the processes themselves posing significant challen...
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Feasibility study into a high volume cellular processing plant
Nov 30, 2017
In order to understand industry considerations for transitioning an existing plant into a cellular format, four high volume Australian red meat processors participated in a series of surveys and int...
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Management, containment and reuse options for water runoff in red meat processing facilities
Nov 30, 2017
The effective management of stormwater and runoff from commercial and industrial sites requires careful planning and design. Poorly managed stormwater can cause problems on and off site through eros...
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Crust management for optimal anaerobic digestion performance at meat processing facilities
Nov 30, 2017
The successful design and operation of covered anaerobic lagoons (CALs) are highly sensitive to the inclusion of fats, oils and greases (FOGs) in the effluent stream entering the lagoons. While anae...
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Utilization of microalgae to purify waste streams and production of value added products
Nov 29, 2017
Australian red meat processing facilities produce significant volumes of wastewater during slaughtering and cleaning operations that have high concentrations of organics and nutrients. AMPC and M...
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Effective and Low Cost Management of Water Resources at UQ (AWMC)
Nov 16, 2017
The lab at the University of Queensland’s Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) has undertaken research for AMPC on effective and low cost management of water resources and using wastewater ...
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Water Reuse and Recycle at Teys Hide Processing Plant, Murgon, QLD
Nov 16, 2017
Teys Hide Processing Plant now recycles every wastewater stream and reuses it wherever they can, using sludge to make compost and reducing the waste leaving the plant to just one skip bin a week.
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Update of biogas and wastewater management operator guidelines and video-based training modules
Nov 1, 2017
Over the years AMPC has invested in the development of an extensive array of word-based extension and training resources for meat processing wastewater operators. The rise of engaging digital multi-...
Training Manual
Wastewater Management in the Australian Red Meat Processing Industry
Oct 31, 2017
This manual is an updated version of 2012 Wastewater Management in the Australian Red Meat Processing Industry Manual produced by Johns Environmental Pty Ltd and MINTRAC with funding from the Austra...
Training Manual
Biogas Capture, Storage and Combustion Guidelines for Meat Processing Plants
Oct 31, 2017
Biogas is the product of anaerobic biological breakdown of organic substances.  Anaerobic ponds or lagoons (the terms are interchangeable) are a common treatment step of wastewater produced fro...
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Improving Beef Colour at Grading
Aug 31, 2017
Colour is the most important pre-purchase quality trait of meat, because consumers use colour as an indicator of quality and freshness at the point of sale. Australian processing plants assess colou...
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Social Impact Study of Red Meat Processing in Australia
Aug 15, 2017
AMPC is committed to supporting its member organisations maintain their social license to operate (SLO). SLO is closely associated with the social impact organisation have on the communities in whic...
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Investigating Water and Wastewater Reuse and Recycling Opportunities
Aug 10, 2017
Meat processing facilities consume significant amounts of water to process meat into edible product for human consumption. The requirement to operate under stringent food safety regulations coupled ...
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Meat. Your Future.
Aug 3, 2017
This project outlines a comprehensive strategic communications plan to improve community perceptions of the red meat processing industry as a whole, and as a career option. It was structured for ...
Fact Sheet
1. Safety Guidelines for Operators Working On or Near Biogas Capture, Storage and Combustion Systems
Aug 1, 2017
The collection and handling of biogas is accompanied by a number of hazards, the most significant of which include: toxicity of hydrogen sulphide gas (H2S); flammability of biogas when mixe...
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2. Design Safety Guidelines for CALs and Related Infrastructure
Aug 1, 2017
Careful consideration should be given to the safe siting, design and operation of biogas systems. This factsheet provides some general minimum guidelines. It is important meat processing plants deve...
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1. Reducing Wastewater Generation
Aug 1, 2017
About 85% of fresh water intake in an abattoir will become wastewater. Slaughter and evisceration areas consume the largest amount of water with the majority being used for cleaning and sterilising ...
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2. Upstream Wastewater Treatment
Aug 1, 2017
Upstream treatment is the first set of wastewater treatment processes. Its task is to prepare the wastewater for discharge to sewer or further treatment using biological treatment processes. Meat pr...
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3. Anaerobic Ponds
Aug 1, 2017
Anaerobic ponds play an important role in the treatment of meat processing wastewater. Their key function is to reduce the level of organic contaminants such as Biological Oxygen Demand over five da...
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4. Aerobic Ponds
Aug 1, 2017
Aerobic ponds are typically shallow (less than 2 metres), large ponds which are commonly found downstream of anaerobic ponds. Their main purpose is to reduce BOD5 concentrations to levels suitabl...
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5. Biogas Capture, Storage and Combustion
Aug 1, 2017
Biogas is the product of anaerobic biological breakdown of organic substances. It is produced by any anaerobic technology when conditions are suitable for methane production and can be generated by ...
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6. Nitrogen Removal
Aug 1, 2017
Nitrogen present in meat processing wastewater are termed a “nutrient”, since they are essential elements for life.  They largely derive from proteins dissolved into wastewater from...
Jul 20, 2017
Welcome to this training program which looks at the identification and prevention of carcase contamination. 
Jul 20, 2017
Welcome to this training program which looks at the identification and prevention of carcase contamination.   
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Investigating Steam Heat Recovery Systems and their Applicability to the Red Meat Processing Industry
Jul 11, 2017
This report investigated the feasibility of superheated steam power generation in Australian red meat processing facilities. A range of technologies including condensing turbines, extraction turbine...
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Electronic Data Collection for Meat Inspection
Jul 6, 2017
There is a growing interest on the part of the red meat industry to capture and report on the health of livestock slaughtered in processing plants throughout Australia. Such health data can be of si...
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Converting Solid Waste from Abattoirs into Hydrochar
Jun 29, 2017
Currently, there are not many alternatives for a beneficial use of paunch waste. The use of paunch waste is often limited by its high water content and the cost associated to drying. This project us...
Fact Sheet
Red Meat Processing Innovation Foot Operated Band Saw Cover
Jun 20, 2017
The innovation devised from Primo Scone focuses om the operation of bandsaws in a processing environment. Two key problems face processors with regards to the operation of this machinery. Anecdot...
Fact Sheet
Phosphorus on Irrigation Sites
Jun 15, 2017
Phosphorus is a naturally occurring nutrient which is essential for both plants and animals for bone and muscle growth, metabolic activity and reproduction. Australian soils are generally deficie...
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First Feasibility of Shoulder De-Boning
Jun 14, 2017
The meat industry has a major requirement to automate its processes of slaughtering and meat preparation including primal cutting, sub-primal breakup and de-boning. This project was proposed in 2...
Fact Sheet
Covered Anaerobic Lagoons Meat Industry Applications
May 22, 2017
Australian red meat processing plants generate significant volumes of high strength wastewater as part of their normal operations. In the treatment of wastewater onsite, anaerobic lagoons often form...
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Hypobaric Storage Pilot Study
May 19, 2017
This project was a pilot study undertaken to verify whether or not meat (lamb) can be safely maintained in a hypobaric (vacuum) environment for 35 days without appreciable loss of weight or spoilage...
Webinar
Stock Yard Design
May 11, 2017
Welcome to this training and information package on stock yard design. This package is designed to explain: the principles of good yard design the various components of sheep yards ho...
Webinar
Cattle Yard Design
May 11, 2017
Welcome to this training and information package on stock yard design. This package is designed to explain: the principles of good yard design the various components of cattle yards how ...
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Electrical Stimulation of Sheep Carcases
May 11, 2017
Learn about electrical stimulation and how it can be used on sheep carcases.
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Electrical Stimulation of Beef Carcases
May 11, 2017
Learn about electrical stimulation and how it can be used on beef carcases.  
May 5, 2017
Meat testing is an onerous and expensive task for all establishments, and one which currently provides little or no information on process control or food safety. This project examined process contr...
Webinar
Succession Planning for QA Managers
May 2, 2017
Wendy Hall from Response Learning is the facilitator on the Succession Planning for QA managers webinar. Wendy discusses the importance of succession planning for both large and small businesses and...
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Investigation into Cogeneration Systems for Processing Facilities
Apr 26, 2017
Energy costs for heat and power represent major operating costs for abattoirs. These costs have increased more than the consumer price index (CPI) in recent years and are expected to increase furthe...
Apr 24, 2017
The Meat Industry Engineering Network consists of industry personnel, researchers, regulators and trainers and represents an efficient method of distribution of new information for processing plant ...
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Meat Matters. We All Have a Steak in this!
Apr 11, 2017
This Report provides an overview of the Meat Matters. We All Have a Steak in this! Project, and summaries the Project's objectives, outcomes, evaluation findings, insights and recommendations. ...
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Wastewater & Biogas Project at Thomas Foods International Murray Bridge
Apr 10, 2017
Thomas Foods International inherited an antiquated waste water treatment system. The system was under capacity and limiting opportunities to expand the facility. Thomas Foods International committed...
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A Feast of Ideas (Chinese Version)
Apr 4, 2017
A Feast of Ideas is an attempt to put issues of sustainability in the red meat industry on the table, and start a conversation with you, and all participants in the industry's supply chain.  ...
Fact Sheet
Animal Welfare Auditing
Jan 23, 2017
The project addresses a growing need for animal welfare auditors to demonstrate specific technical skills required to undertake animal welfare audits in terms of practical experience, formal trainin...
Fact Sheet
Saleyard Verification Review
Jan 23, 2017
During 2010 Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) received feedback from processing industry members that there is a degree of variation between Pre Sale Catalogues (PSC) and Buyer Reconciliation ...
Fact Sheet
Pre-Slaughter Catttle Cleaning (Washing)
Jan 19, 2017
Cattle washing prior to slaughter is an accepted practice at most major plants in Australia. The principle purposes of pre-slaughter cattle washing in reduce physical contamination on hides reduce m...
Fact Sheet
Animal Welfare
Jan 19, 2017
The Australian meat processing industry is committed to achieving the highest level of animal welfare. It operates under strict state and federal animal welfare regulations which are verified by Com...
Jan 12, 2017
Overview of The Science of Muscle Structure and what factors affect Meat Quality.
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Innovative Race and Knocking Box Design Concepts to Optimise Animal Welfare and Carcase Quality
Jan 10, 2017
The objective for this project was to improve the welfare of cattle immediately before and during the event of slaughter at commercial abattoirs. There is growing pressure from consumers, regulators...
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An Exploratory Study: Benchmarking Human Resource Innovation through Determining the Red Meat Industry’s Absorptive Capacity
Jan 4, 2017
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) has identified the need to continue to foster human resource innovation in order to remain competitive and ensure the viability of the industry. It i...
Fact Sheet
Membrane Fouling In Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors
Dec 30, 2016
Australian Red Meat Processors can generate large volumes of wastewater rich in organic contaminants and nutrients, and can therefore be strong candidates for treatment processes aimed at recovery o...
Fact Sheet
Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors: In Vessel Technology for High Rate Recovery of Energy and Nutrient Resources
Dec 30, 2016
Australian Red Meat Processors can generate large volumes of wastewater rich in organic contaminants and nutrients, and can therefore be strong candidates for treatment processes aimed at recovery o...
Snapshot
Lamb Aitchboning Manual Assist
Dec 23, 2016
Scott shall utilize its technology and intellectual property from the Leap II hindquarter boning robot along with lessons learnt in the manual-assist Beef Boning Unit to develop a manual assist devi...
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Optimising Eating Quality of Beef Steaks by Using Tri-Gas MAP
Dec 21, 2016
Packaging in Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) with a high content of oxygen (high Ox MAP) is becoming common for retail display. High Ox MAP results in a red colour and increased shelf life, howe...
Fact Sheet
Lamb Weight and Growth
Dec 16, 2016
Several key production factors influence lamb weights, as found in the Sheep CRC Information Nucleus flocks. Lamb factors include sex, birth type (single, twin or triplet) and sibling competition...
Fact Sheet
Covered Anaerobic Ponds
Dec 16, 2016
Anaerobic ponds are widely used in the meat industry as the first stage of secondary treatment of abattoir wastewater. They are popular because they have a high BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand)&...
Fact Sheet
AMPC and Industry Working Together to Capture Energy from Wastewater
Dec 15, 2016
AMPC and MLA are partnering with Churchill abattoir in Queensland to investigate a novel design approach to the capture of methane from anaerobic lagoons.
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NGER Reporting Guidelines for the Meat and Livestock Industry in Australia
Dec 15, 2016
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has commissioned the development of this NGER Guidebook to assist the meat processing industry with NGER reporting. Some MLA members that were required to ...
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Introduction to the Red Meat Processing Industry
Dec 15, 2016
Many products of the red meat industry are used daily in nearly all aspects of our lives. While many enjoy a BBQ and wear leather shoes, few have an understanding of the process undertaken betw...
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Developing Resources for Compliance with Recently Harmonized Work Health and Safety Legislation for High Priority Areas in the Red Meat Processing Industry
Dec 13, 2016
This project developed resources to address critical gaps in work health and safety (WHS) resources in the red meat processing industry. The training and assessment support materials for the WHS uni...
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Understanding Confirmation Test Failures for Detecting Pathogenic E. Coli
Dec 8, 2016
FSIS currently declares seven serotypes of STEC as adulterants of raw non-intact beef products and product components in the USA. Collectively these STEC serotypes are referred to as pathogenic...
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Evaluating the Socio-Economic Benefit of the Red Meat Processing Industry in Regional Australia
Dec 8, 2016
This report outlines the economic impact of red meat processing facilities in a number of regions around Australia as well as providing estimates of the impact on the individual State economies and ...
Dec 6, 2016
Watch this webinar with guest speaker Dr Leisha Hewitt on how are retailers overseas impacting on processors and producers through QA requirements.
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Development of Primal Cut Recognition and Localisation Software for use in Robotic Pick and Pack Systems
Nov 16, 2016
Primal cut picking and packing is currently a labour intensive meat packing process which is completely manual. As a result of the technical complexities involved in this task, there is currently no...
Webinar
AMPC Webinar
Oct 28, 2016
The red meat industry’s importance to the Australian economy cannot be questioned. However, new research has identified six strategic threats to the future of the Australian Red Meat industry.
Oct 12, 2016
Strategic Risks Facing the Australian Red Meat Industry
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French Dressed Lamb Rack Preparation Robot Cell
Oct 7, 2016
First Stage To Research & Develop A User Requirement Specification & Present A Prototype Build Cost & Timeline. A year ago, Applied Robotics was contracted by the AMPC (under AMPC Pro...
Webinar
Understanding pH
Oct 5, 2016
Elizabeth Wilcock delivered a webinar on Understanding pH as part of the Professional Development Program.
Training Manual
Year 5/6: From Paddock to Plate - Student Project File
Sep 26, 2016
This unit aims to introduce primary aged students to the numerous activities meat processors and butchers undertake to process cattle, sheep and goats into meat products we all enjoy to eat. Stud...
Training Manual
Year 5/6: From Paddock to Plate: The Essential Ingredient – Meat Processing!
Sep 26, 2016
This unit aims to introduce primary aged students to the numerous activities meat processors and butchers undertake to process cattle, sheep and goats into meat products we all enjoy to eat. Stud...
Training Manual
Year 7/8: Meat Matters - Student Project File
Sep 26, 2016
This unit aims to help students discover sustainable resource management practices used by the Australian red meat processing industry for the use and management of water and energy, and the sustain...
Training Manual
Year 7/8: Meat Matters! We All Have a Steak in this!
Sep 26, 2016
This unit aims to help students discover sustainable resource management practices used by the Australian red meat processing industry for the use and management of water and energy, and the sustain...
Training Manual
Year 9/10: Careers - Student Project File
Sep 25, 2016
The aim of this unit is to help teachers and students in secondary schools investigate and source information and resources about careers in the Australian red meat industry and expanded supply chai...
Training Manual
Year 9/10: Where might a Career in Red Meat Processing Take You?
Sep 25, 2016
The aim of this unit is to help teachers and students in secondary schools investigate and source information and resources about careers in the Australian red meat industry and expanded supply chai...
Training Manual
Year 9/10: Australian Meat Processing – Student Project File
Sep 24, 2016
The aim of this unit is to help teachers and students in secondary schools investigate and make judgements about the processing, production and marketing of Australian red meat. Students discover...
Training Manual
Year 9/10: Australian Meat Processing – Networked, Ethical, Sustainable and Intelligent
Sep 24, 2016
The aim of this unit is to help teachers and students in secondary schools investigate and make judgements about the processing, production and marketing of Australian red meat. Students discover...
Training Manual
Farm Paddock to Plate: Interactive Resource
Sep 23, 2016
As part of our Research, Development and Extension program we have undertaken research to develop deeper understandings about the industry by producing educational resources for primary schools. We ...
Sep 15, 2016
Under state Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has the responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on site. This includes contractors and subc...
Snapshot
Review of Percussive Stunning
Sep 1, 2016
The objective of this project was the completion of a review of published scientific data and industry findings related to the use of non-penetrative percussive stunning overseas, to determine optim...
Aug 30, 2016
The AMPC Meat Industry Environmental Innovations Series Starting in 2016, AMPC has funded the making of a series of short films on the meat industry most recent environmental innovations. MINTRAC...
Webinar
HACCP - How Much Has It Changed?
Aug 1, 2016
As part of the Professional Development Program, John Sumner delivered a webinar on HACCP.
Fact Sheet
Sanitation of Viscera Tables using Steam
Jul 26, 2016
A large quantity of water is used in the routine cleaning and sanitation of moving-top viscera tables. The quantity reported varies widely, but can amount to between 500 – 600 litres/head proc...
Snapshot
Innovative Processing Techniques for SME's
Jul 14, 2016
No matter the size of the business, red meat processing companies are required to comply with legislation, standards and regulations imposed by Government. This SnapShot is designed to assist sma...
Report
Snapshot
Purple Phototrophic Bacteria for Resource Recovery from Red Meat Processing Wastewater
Jun 28, 2016
Purple phototrophic bacteria (PPB) are emerging technology that enables removal of organics, nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater streams in a single treatment step by concentrating within bioma...
Report
A Feasibility Study and provisional Business  Case to assess the scope and potential for  establishing and operating a world class Red Meat Processing Innovation Centre of Excellence in Australia
Jun 26, 2016
A major challenge in any industry is to facilitate the innovation process or translation of research into commercial outcomes. The goal of this project was to determine the feasibility of establishi...
Report
Snapshot
Wearable Technology for the Red Meat Processing Industry
Jun 20, 2016
This report documents the results of an investigation to determine if red meat processing facilities would benefit from the use of wearable technologies. Wearable technologies offer the abil...
Fact Sheet
Animal Welfare Standards and Compliance for SME's
Jun 14, 2016
No matter the size of the business, red meat processing companies are required to comply with legislation, standards and regulations imposed by Government. This SnapShot is designed to assist sma...
Report
Disease and Contamination Image Library
Jun 13, 2016
The development of a world class digital resource to support the training and assessment of red meat personnel has been achieved through the disease and contamination image library produced in this ...
Report
WHS Guide for Maintenance Engineers
Jun 10, 2016
This guide has been developed to assist maintenance personnel to set up and implement systems, and work safely to help ensure a safe and healthy working environment for everyone associated...
Snapshot
Food Safety and Quality Assurance for SMEs
Jun 4, 2016
No matter the size of the business, red meat processing companies are required to comply with legislation, standards and regulations imposed by Government. This SnapShot is designed to assist small ...
Report
WHS guide for maintenance personnel in the meat processing industry
Jun 3, 2016
This guide is developed for personnel working in maintenance departments in meat processing plants in the Australian Meat Industry. The guide targets senior maintenance managers, supervisors, foreme...
Report
Researching and Developing a Meat Industry Workforce Development Plan
Jun 3, 2016
Australia is the world’s seventh largest beef producer and the third largest exporter of red meat. The state of the industry is healthy, with growth in production anticipated across all specie...
Training Manual
Training resources for small to medium (SME) businesses
May 30, 2016
The following list identifies the training resources that are currently available, which will assist SMEs in addressing their regulatory compliance in the following areas: ·  &nb...
Video
The Big Grey Bubble, Oakey Beef
May 28, 2016
Anaerobic balloons, the new innovation developed to manage methane gas safety and generate a more effective means of allocation. Which also contributes to the recycling wastewater back into processi...
Report
Impact of Transport to Australia's Distant Markets, with Special Reference to the Chinese Market
May 22, 2016
Australia exports vacuum packed (VP) meat cuts to more than 100 countries, relying on the cold chain during the air or sea voyage to get product to market. The present project followed 200 consignme...
Report
Meat Inspection and Quality Assurance Network
May 20, 2016
The Meat Inspection and Quality Assurance Network is a state based network of researchers, industry QA practitioners, trainers and regulators. It is a well-established network that is a highly effec...
Snapshot
AMPC Summary – Food safety and quality assurance for SMEs
May 15, 2016
No matter the size of the business, red meat processing companies are required to comply with legislation, standards and regulations imposed by Government.  This summary booklet is design...
Snapshot
Development of training and assessment materials for the revised meat safety qualifications
May 4, 2016
During 2014-2015 MINTRAC facilitated a major review and restructure of the meat inspection qualifications, i.e. the Certificates III and IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety). During this process, fou...
Snapshot
Meat Inspection and Quality Assurance Network
May 4, 2016
The Meat Inspection and Quality Assurance Network is a state based network of researchers, industry QA practitioners, trainers and regulators. It is a well-established network that is a highly effec...
Snapshot
Meat Industry Engineering Network
May 4, 2016
The Meat Industry Engineering Network is a state based network of researchers, engineers, maintenance managers and trade assistants, trainers and regulators. It is a well-established network that is...
Snapshot
Contractor Work Health & Safety Management in Meat Processing Plants
May 4, 2016
Under state Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has the responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on site. This includes contractors and subc...
Report
Meat Processing Engineering Network
May 3, 2016
AMPC has invested in technical innovation and the application of automation to some of the industry’s most pressing human capital issues. New automated technologies offer significant opportuni...
Apr 30, 2016
This project involved a detailed investigation of whether there is a case for selection and deployment of solar thermal technology for an Australian abattoir. The research saw a detailed technical r...
Report
Automated Meat Recover Off Featherbones
Apr 22, 2016
Currently the featherbones are cut off the carcass half as a “rack”, thus consigning any meat in between the featherbones as a lower grade product in terms of economic recovery. If ...
Snapshot
New Concepts for Cattle Slaughtering & Break-Up Into Primal Cuts - Stage 1
Apr 20, 2016
New automation processes in other industry sectors are being successfully implemented by using the latest state-of-the-art automation technologies. It is therefore time for a comprehensive review of...
Snapshot
Disease and Contamination Image Library
Apr 4, 2016
This project sought to create a world class digital resource to support and enhance the training and assessment materials and increase the competency of new and existing industry personnel, principa...
Snapshot
Enhancing Retail Colour Stability and Shelf Life of Lamb Meat for Key Markets
Mar 27, 2016
This project demonstrated the potential of dietary antioxidants (vitamin E and selenium) at supranutritional levels to reduce heat stress impacts in lamb finished under hot conditions and improve th...
Report
Pick and Pack – End Effector Gripper Development
Feb 17, 2016
Following findings and recommendations from the AMPC/MLA project “A.TEC.0108 Pick and Pack Materials Handling” a multi head vacuum gripper has been designed and fabricated. This vacuum h...
Report
Beef Spinal Cord Removal Stage 2 Process Risk and Benefits
Feb 1, 2016
MAR recently completed project “A.TEC.0088 Beef Spinal Cord Removal – Development Trials”. In this project research and development along with manual and robotic tests and trials w...
Report
Progressing fundamental Vision & Sensing and demonstrating the value of the Australian meat processing industry
Feb 1, 2016
According to MLA, Australia is among the largest and most successful and efficient producers of commercial livestock and leader in the export of red meat and livestock. Nevertheless, the industry fa...
Report
Causes and Contributing Factors to Dark Cutting: Current Trends and Future Directions
Jan 1, 2016
Colour, flavour/aroma, texture/tenderness, juiciness and nutrient content all can influence the sale of meat. Among these, meat colour is the most important attribute that influences customer’...
Fact Sheet
Saleyard Verification Review
Jan 1, 2016
During 2010 Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) received feedback from processing industry members that there is a degree of variation between Pre Sale Catalogues (PSC) and Buyer Reconciliation ...
Report
Designing complex projects An e-learning program for project managers in the meat industry Handbook for participants
Dec 1, 2015
The handbook for participants supports participants undertaking the ‘Designing complex projects e-learning program for project managers in the meat industry.’ The handbook may be read in...
Handbook
Workforce planning guide for maintenance engineering managers and staff
Nov 17, 2015
The continuing evolution of technologies and automation of plants has impacted strongly on the staffing needs of maintenance engineering departments in the meat processing industry. These continuing...
Training Manual
Recruitment and Retention Guide for Maintenance Engineering in the Red Meat Processing Industry
Nov 17, 2015
With the supply of labour slowing in Australia, an ageing population and increasing competition for labour it is critical for companies to not only attract the people you need, but to nurture, suppo...
Training Manual
Guide to Competencies & Training Options for Maintenance Engineers in Meat Processing Plants
Nov 17, 2015
It is essential that meat processing plants are able to attract, retain and provide continuing development for maintenance engineering staff to be able to meet the maintenance needs of their plants ...
Report
Environmental Performance Review: Red Meat Processing Sector 2015
Sep 1, 2015
This report continues a series of environmental performance reviews of the Australian red meat processing industry and presents results for the 2013-14 financial year. The methods of data collection...
Report
Development and validation of a probe to measure meat quality
Sep 1, 2015
Carcase assessment is a constant challenge for red meat processors, as lamb carcasses are only commonly assessed for market suitability on weight, sex and fat score. While informative for meat yield...
Report
Establishing and operating a world class Red Meat Processing Innovation Centre of Excellence in Australia
Aug 26, 2015
The innovation process or translation of research into commercial outcomes in order to increase profit is a major challenge in any industry. The goal of this project was to determine the feasibility...
Report
Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors: In Vessel Technology for High Rate Recovery of Energy and Nutrient Resources
Aug 1, 2015
Red meat processing plants can generate volumes of wastewater rich in both organic contaminants and nutrients and can therefore be strong candidates for treatment processes aimed at recovery of ener...
Report
Desk Top Review in to Collaborative Robot Applications in the Red Meat Industry
Jul 22, 2015
A desk top review of current collaborative robot applications both within the red meat processing industry and other industries, such as the automotive industry, was undertaken.
Report
Butcher’s Glove Technical Feasibility Report
Jul 3, 2015
The research undertaken in Stage 1 of the project indicates that the glove concept is technically feasible. A number of materials and manufacturing techniques were identified as being suitable for h...
Report
Efficient lighting options and review of lighting standards for abattoirs
Jul 1, 2015
Abattoirs across Australia are becoming increasingly costly to operate and maintain, particularly in terms of energy consumption. Energy consumed in lighting office areas and industrial buildings, a...
Report
Assessing the Effectiveness of a Carcase Hot Water Decontamination Cabinet in Small Stock Processing
Jun 23, 2015
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service applies a zero tolerance policy for contamination on meat by faeces, ingesta and milk. Recent history with rejec...
Report
Encouraging Plant Uptake of Industry R&D Outcomes
Jun 19, 2015
Significant government and industry investment has been made in research and development in the red meat processing industry. The real success of this investment lies in the outcomes of the initiati...
Report
High-Rate Aerobic Treatment Combined With Anaerobic Digestion and Anammox
Jun 7, 2015
Australian red meat processing facilities can produce significant volumes of wastewater during slaughtering and cleaning operations. This wastewater stream is typically characterised by highly ...
Report
Renewable Energy Options for Off-Grid Red Meat Processing
Jun 1, 2015
The purpose of this report is to look at the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy and storage systems that may be deployed in the meat processing industry, utilizing three desktop...
Report
Meat Processor Opportunities for Emissions Reduction Fund Participation
Jun 1, 2015
The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) held its first auction in April 2015. A total of $660 million worth of contracts for carbon credit delivery were awarded to registered emissions reduction projects...
Fact Sheet
Benchmarking Labour Application in Plant
May 28, 2015
The key objectives of the project were to provide a benchmark of labour inputs in the red meat processing industry against key processing tasks to support plant level investment decision making, and...
Report
Environmental Performance Review: Red Meat Processing Sector 2015
May 27, 2015
This report continues a series of environmental performance reviews of the red meat processing industry undertaken by AMPC and MLA, and presents results for the 2013/2014 financial year. The methods...
Report
Opportunities for Red Meat Processors under the Emissions Reduction Fund
May 17, 2015
The first auction under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) was held in April 2015. A total of $660 million of contracts for Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) deliver...
Report
Current Practice and Innovations in Meat Packaging
Apr 20, 2015
There is a growing demand by consumers for foods perceived as natural, fresh-tasting, nutritious, healthy and safe, including meat and meat products (Grunert & Valli, 2001; Morrissey, Sheehy, Ga...
Report
Trickling Filter Technology for Treating Abattoir Wastewater
Apr 18, 2015
Abattoir wastewater can be high in organic matter and nutrients, and biological treatment may be required to achieve approved environmental discharge standards. Treatment systems for Australian abat...
Report
Guide for Biogas Capture, Storage and Combustion
Apr 8, 2015
Biogas is the product of anaerobic biological breakdown of organic substances. Anaerobic ponds or lagoons (the terms are interchangeable) are a common treatment step of wastewater produced from the ...
Report
Guide for Biogas Capture, Storage & Combustion (Appendix 3)
Apr 8, 2015
Biogas is the product of anaerobic biological breakdown of organic substances. Anaerobic ponds or lagoons (the terms are interchangeable) are a common treatment step of wastewater produced from...
Report
Guide for Biogas Capture, Storage & Combustion (Appendix 2)
Apr 8, 2015
This study has considered a generic bio-gas system, typical of the meat processing industry. The study looked at understanding the hazards and associated risks of the facility. Standard hazard ident...
Report
Progressing Fundamental Vision & Sensing and Demonstrating the Value of the Australian Meat Processing Industry
Mar 26, 2015
SAGE was assigned to undertake a brief research to gain an understanding of the current issues within the red meat industry and evaluate whether any solutions in other industries may be modified, ad...
Report
Optimised Water Reduction Through Steam Sanitation Technology
Mar 23, 2015
The extended drought and climate variability has focused the need to continue to drive down water consumption at red meat processing plants. The use of 82°C water for organoleptic sanitation con...
Report
Review of Wastewater Treatment Chemicals and Organic Chemistry Alternatives for Abattoir Effluent
Feb 27, 2015
Management of wastewater from the Australian red meat processing industry is an important issue. Due to the specific characteristics of wastewater, such as irregular discharge and considerable organ...
Report
Cost Benefit Analysis of Dewatering Abattoir Sludge using Three-Way Decanter
Feb 27, 2015
Lycopodium Process Industries (Lycopodium) was engaged by Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) to conduct a process and cost-benefit analysis review of the use of three-way decanters for man...
Report
Renewable Energy Options for Off-Grid Red Meat Processing
Feb 27, 2015
The purpose of this report is to look at the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy and storage systems that may be deployed in the meat processing industry, utilizing three desktop...
Report
Examining and Quantifying the Range of Issues Associated with Increased Casual Labour Use in the Red Meat Processing Industry
Feb 3, 2015
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) sought to identify the key issues associated with the employment of casual staff in the red meat processing industry and identify the true costs and ...
Report
Hook-Assist CBA and Feasibility for Future Modifications
Feb 1, 2015
In 2005 MLA and AMPC embarked on the process of investigating ‘cobotics’ as a technology that may address some of the OH&S issues faced by the meat processing industry. A ‘co-r...
Fact Sheet
Cost Savings from Improved Boiler Water Chemistry
Jan 30, 2015
This case study will briefly highlight some cost savings achievable through changes to boiler water chemistry and boiler system operation. The operators of this site have taken ownership of the s...
Fact Sheet
Intramuscular Fat %
Jan 27, 2015
Consumers desire juicy, flavoursome and tender meat products, but are also seeking lower fat, healthier food options. These consumer drivers are linked to intramuscular fat percentage (IMF%), or mar...
Fact Sheet
Optimising Electrical Stimulation
Jan 27, 2015
This is the third fact sheet in a series of three fact sheets about electrical stimulation. The Sheep CRC and Meat and Livestock Australia research has found that the rate of pH and temperature d...
Fact Sheet
Sheep CRC Projects
Jan 27, 2015
The CRC Meat Science Program aims to develop new technology and knowledge to underpin lean meat yield improvement of high quality lamb and sheep meat for domestic and international consumers.
Fact Sheet
Research Breeding Values
Jan 27, 2015
Genetics play a significant role in productivity and profitability. Recent research has shown many carcase traits are moderately to highly heritable and provide good opportunities to improve lamb. ...
Fact Sheet
Meat Colour and Shelf Life
Jan 27, 2015
When meat is sliced, the surface is exposed to oxygen and will change in colour from dark purple to bright red. This is because the colour of meat depends mainly on the pigment myoglobin. Myoglobin ...
Fact Sheet
Types of Electrical Stimulation
Jan 27, 2015
This is the second fact sheet in a series of three fact sheets about electrical stimulation. A number of electrical inputs are available to Australian sheep meat processors to improve meat qualit...
Fact Sheet
Lean Meat Yield Current and Future Technologies
Jan 27, 2015
Lean meat yield is one profit driver within lamb supply chains, driving on-farm efficiency, reducing wastage and new product development at processing.
Fact Sheet
What is Electrical Stimulation
Jan 27, 2015
This is the first fact sheet in a series of three fact sheets about electrical stimulation. Electrical stimulation enhances meat quality by improving tenderness and meat colour by effectivel...
Fact Sheet
Lamb Carcase Composition
Jan 27, 2015
Lean meat yield is a key profit driver within lamb supply chains, driving on-farm efficiency, reducing wastage and new product development at processing. Lean meat yield percentage (LMY%) is the ...
Fact Sheet
Lamb Nutritional Value
Jan 27, 2015
Consumers demand lamb meat that is lean, palatable and has a good nutritional value. Nutrients such as iron and zinc are important for human health and represent a key marketing tool for red meat.
Fact Sheet
Lamb Eating Quality
Jan 27, 2015
Consumers demand premium quality and value for money when purchasing lamb. They are willing to pay more for a higher quality product, especially when the quality can be guaranteed. Pr...
Report
Pathways to Build the Capabilities of Maintenance Engineers
Jan 23, 2015
The continuing evolution of technologies and automation of plant in the meat processing industry has impacted strongly on the skills and staffing needs of maintenance engineering departments in indu...
Fact Sheet
Meat Colour Stability
Jan 16, 2015
Factors important for colour stability are also important for bloom colour and are influenced at different points along the supply chain, including onfarm, processing and retail.
Report
Review & cost benefit analysis of Torrefaction technology for processing abattoir waste
Jan 1, 2015
Lycopodium Process Industries (Lycopodium) was engaged by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) to undertake an independent review of the value proposition that torrefaction of waste stre...
Report
Options to Maximise Process Heat Recovery at Red Meat Processing Facilities
Jan 1, 2015
Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) prepared this paper on behalf of Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) under the 2013 round of research funding under the environment, sustainab...
Report
Nutrient Recovery from Paunch and Covered Anaerobic Lagoon Effluent
Jan 1, 2015
This is the final report for project 2013/4007: Nutrient recovery from paunch and covered anaerobic lagoon effluent. The project was a collaboration between The University of Queensland (UQ), Meat a...
Report
Integrated Agri-Industrial Wastewater Treatment and  Nutrient Recovery, Year 3
Jan 1, 2015
Red meat processing facilities can generate large volumes of wastewater rich in organic contaminants and nutrients, and can therefore be strong candidates for treatment processes aimed at recovery o...
Snapshot
Emissions Reduction Fund Briefing Paper
Dec 27, 2014
The Australian Government's proposed Emissions's Reduction Fund (ERF) intends to create incentives for eligible greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement projects. The ERF provides a framework where GHG emissi...
Report
Emissions Reduction Fund: Energy Efficiency and Offsetting Opportunities
Dec 27, 2014
Technical solutions exist for reducing energy use and managing waste in the Australia red meat processing industry. The challenge is to select optimised solutions that meet the required economic dri...
Report
Facilitation of the Water, Energy Efficiency and Food Safety Program
Dec 27, 2014
Water is used for the watering and washing of livestock, the washing of trucks, the washing of carcasses and by-products, and for cleaning and sanitising of equipment and processing areas. Strategie...
Report
Automated Preparation of French Dressed Ribs
Dec 18, 2014
This project was approved by the Australian Meat Processors Corporation Ltd (AMPC) to create a practical and cost-effective machine concept for the automated French dressing of lamb ribs. The c...
Dec 1, 2014
The commitment to continuous improvement is fundamental to a meat processor’s competitiveness and ability to maintain a strong market position. Using the best skills, staff and technologies pl...
Fact Sheet
Australian Red Meat Processor Opportunities for Emissions Reduction Fund Participation
Oct 27, 2014
The key project objective was to determine the potential Red Meat Processing Industry abatement options under the Australian Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) and present the...
Report
Optimising in-vessel anaerobic digestion technology
Oct 27, 2014
Red meat slaughterhouses can generate volumes of wastewater rich in both organic contaminants and nutrients and can therefore be strong candidates for treatment processes aimed at recovery of energy...
Report
Sensitivity of High Pressure Processed (HPP) product eating quality
Oct 1, 2014
MLA introduced to the Australian red meat industry High Pressure Processing (HPP) in November 2009 at a workshop hosted by CSIRO to showcase the technology and value adding red meat opport...
Webinar
Meat Hygiene Assessment
Aug 14, 2014
This webinar highlights the importance of zero tolerance contamination on carcases prior to exporting carcase and carton meat overseas. The webinar aims to increase the industry's awareness of the n...
Fact Sheet
Carcase Hygiene Inspection Training Resources
Aug 1, 2014
In this project, AMPC has funded the development of an e-learning program to improve the ability of industry staff to identify physical contamination on carcases. In recent years 'port of entry' red...
Fact Sheet
Developing a Predictive Model to Assist in the Purchase and Implementation of New Processing Technologies
Aug 1, 2014
There is a wide range of technologies, processes and practices already implemented in the red meat processing industry aimed at improving productivity and efficiency. Furthermore, new developments i...
Report
Ex-ante Scoping Options for Automated Ovine Shoulder Breakup
Jun 23, 2014
As part of project A.CIS.0034 that was to conduct an ex-ante study of the LEAP IV Middle primal machine a preliminary investigation was requested to scope out options for an automate machine to brea...
Report
Tripe Wash Water Reuse in Beef Processing
Jun 8, 2014
The purpose of this project was to demonstrate the benefit of water recycling in the processing of beef tripe and omasa (bible). This project also relates to the processing of tripe in small ruminan...
Report
Review of Current Developments & Future R&D Opportunities for Lamb French Racking
May 30, 2014
Given the number of french racking R&D proposals and projects that have either been invested previously, or that are currently under consideration, it was evident that a review of 1) industry ne...
Report
A Predictive Model & Tool for Firm Level Cost Benefit Assessment
May 30, 2014
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) commissioned a study designed to provide a predictive model (and tool design) for firm level cost benefit assessment of the purchase and implementati...
Report
Predicting colour and flavour stabilities of meat from pre-slaughter assessments
May 24, 2014
To determine whether circulating levels of blood isoprostane can be utilised as an effective biomarker in prime lambs to predict changes in the colour and/or flavour stabilities of meat post-slaught...
Report
Evaluation of greenhouse gas mitigation activities undertaken by the red meat processing industry
May 22, 2014
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) commissioned a study evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation activities undertaken by the red meat processing industry. Direct GHG emissions in th...
Report
Influence of Nutritional Regime (ryegrass, lucerne, brassica) on Sheep Meat Texture and Flavour
May 8, 2014
Summer-active finishing forages such as lucerne and brassicas are undoubtedly useful for Australian lamb producers; however their wider deployment may be being held back by negative perceptions, esp...
Report
Value Chain Mapping Model
May 1, 2014
Value adding is one of the key ways in which to deliver increased value per head back to processors through diversifying meat based products to increase choices to end-users thus stimulating de...
Report
Value Adding Capability Tool Manual
May 1, 2014
The Value Adding Capability Tool is a means for a company to determine “where we want to be” in relation to “where we currently are”. The purpose of the Capability Tool ...
Report
Hazard and Risk Assessment: Bio-gas systems
Apr 30, 2014
This study has considered a generic bio-gas system, typical of the meat processing industry. The study looked at understanding the hazards and associated risks of the facility
Report
Effect of Intramuscular Fat on Beef Eating Quality, Flavour Generation and Flavour Release
Apr 24, 2014
Beef with high intramuscular fat (IMF) or high marbling is a premium product enjoyed by consumers for its unique sensory properties. The generally positive influence of IMF on meat palatability (ten...
Report
Extension guide: Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Technologies Applicable to Red Meat Processing Manufacturing businesses
Mar 3, 2014
This extension guide provides information on the renewable energy, low emission and energy storage technologies that could be suitable for use at Australian red meat processing sites. It has been de...
Report
Enhancement of Meat Quality by Pulsed Electric Field Application
Feb 24, 2014
The effect of PEF on the quality of beef loins (1 day post-mortem) and topsides (1 and 3 day postmortem) was investigated using a range of treatment intensities. The investigated parameters reported...
Report
Greening of vacuum-packaged lamb – causative factors
Jan 24, 2014
Australian vacuum-packaged lamb has at times been rejected for greening of packs after storage times as short as 6 weeks. Greening of beef was in the past associated with high-pH meat, so a multi-pr...
Snapshot
An Exploratory Study: Benchmarking Human Resource Innovation through Determining the Red Meat Industry’s Absorptive Capacity
Jan 4, 2014
The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) has identified the need to continue to foster human resource innovation in order to remain competitive and ensure the viability of the industry. It i...
Fact Sheet
Wastewater treatment chemicals and organic chemistry alternatives for abattoir effluent
Jan 3, 2014
The purpose of this project was to carry out a literature review of the most suitable chemicals for treating abattoir wastewater. The chemicals are categorized based on their cost, efficiency, and t...
Report
Extension Package on Yard, Lairage and Restrainer Design
Jan 1, 2014
The aim of this project has been to document good practice yard design principles and present them in training support materials. The objective of the training and workshops will be to provide&...
Report
Metagenomic analysis of the microbial communities contaminating meat and carcasses
Dec 8, 2013
The objective of this project was to demonstrate the applicability of metagenomic analysis to understand the ecology and sources of microbial Contamination in an abattoir, specifically focusing on w...
Report
Issues relevant to the adoption of technology in the meat processing industry
Nov 30, 2013
Significant investment has been made into research, development and facilitated adoption of various technologies in meat processing, however there remains significant challenges in relation to effec...
Fact Sheet
Low-Stress Livestock Handling Technqiues
Oct 25, 2013
Handling skills are essential for managing livestock. Good livestock handling skills can minimise stress and injury; reduce time and effort required to move animals; reduce stress for both people an...
Report
Water saving in the cleaning of carcase chillers
Oct 24, 2013
The high consumption of water associated with many activities in abattoir operations is a key environmental issue. Water is used for the watering and washing of livestock, the washing of trucks, ...
Report
Energy Consumption Guide for Small to Medium Red Meat Processing Facilities
Oct 12, 2013
This Energy Consumption Guide (ECG) is intended to raise awareness of the potential to improve the energy and environmental performance of small to medium sized red meat processing facilities , and ...
Report
An Energy Management Plan for Red Meat Processing Facilities
Oct 12, 2013
This document describes how to develop an Energy Management Plan (EMP) and is tailored for small to medium scale red meat processing facilities, which are defined as having a processing capacity of ...
Report
NGERS and Wastewater Management – Mapping Waste Streams and Quantifying the Impacts
Sep 23, 2013
The NGERS and wastewater management project is intended to identify key contributors to waste stream loads and resources, including thermal, energetic, and chemical. This was partly driven by carbon...
Report
PVE Robotic Hock Tip and Neck Sanitising System Recommission
Sep 1, 2013
The purpose of this project is to integrate the new hock tipping cutter with the MAR vision system, and then re-commission the robot system with integration with the new chain drive, including ...
Report
Improved Abattoir Hygienic Design
Aug 23, 2013
This guidance document for the Australian Red Meat Industry reviews current developments in clean ability and hygienic design with the aim of supporting the red meat industry in reducing water used ...
Report
Design and Optimisation of a Purpose Built Covered Anaerobic Lagoon
Aug 16, 2013
Anaerobic lagoons are a cost-effective, low energy technology for the reduction of organic carbon in meat processing wastewater. They are widely used and are the preferred technology in meat process...
Report
Biogas Quality Study Research Project
Aug 12, 2013
This research project study report presents the findings from sampling and testing at three Australian red meat processing plants located in regional New South Wales (NSW) and South Australia (SA). ...
Report
Facilitation of Water Reuse Projects 2012-13
Aug 8, 2013
The objective of this project was to facilitate the conduct of trials aimed at demonstrating mechanisms for reducing water consumption in meat processing facilities. This trial aimed to improve w...
Report
Facilitation of Water Reuse Projects
Aug 8, 2013
The objective of this project has been to facilitate the conduct of three trials aimed at demonstrating mechanisms for reducing water consumption in meat processing facilities. These three trials...
Fact Sheet
Developing A Consistent Approach to NLIS Practices in Meat Processing - Stage 2
Jul 23, 2013
With Stage 1 complete and a comprehensive set of training and assessment materials, sample SOPs and work instructions available to industry, Stage 2 has supported a national roll out of the training...
Report
Effect of initial muscle biochemical composition on microbiological growth and eating quality of long  aged beef, destined for export markets
Jun 24, 2013
Previous vacuum-packaged beef shelf-life studies indicated that microbial growth did not follow the expected pattern and peaked at a lower level than measured in earlier studies. The current project...
Report
MINTRAC Meat Industry Training Network 2012-13
Jun 1, 2013
The MINTRAC Training Networks provide the means of ensuring that R&D outcomes, innovation, new regulatory requirements and industry requirements become embedded into the meat industry ...
Report
Meat Inspection and Quality Assurance Network
Jun 1, 2013
MINTRAC again facilitated fourteen Quality Assurance Managers’ Network meetings during 2012-2013 attended by representatives of 114 different organisations including fifty eight different...
Report
Paunch Value Adding: Energy Nutrient Recovery and Reducing Carbon Exposure
May 24, 2013
Most abattoirs currently dispose their Paunch Waste (PW) via composting, land application or through use of landfills. Previous MLA and AMPC studies have indicated that energy and nutrient recovery ...
Report
Meat Industry Services: Shelf-life: Improving Beef Colour
May 24, 2013
Meat colour has important implications for consumer acceptability and eating quality, with dark carcases incur economic penalties, and thus negatively impact the meat industry. This study aims to in...
Report
Status and Labelling Requirements for Bovine Derived Plasma
May 23, 2013
This report addresses the Regulatory status and labelling requirements of bovine derived plasma in Australia the European Union, United States of America and North Asia. The use of bovine plasma ext...
Report
Achieving National Consistency and Regulatory Compliance in the Use and Application of NLIS
May 15, 2013
Every processing company across Australia has been contacted about the NLIS training and assessment material and e-learning tool. The roll-out of the training has been scheduled and advertising has ...
Fact Sheet
Meat Science Tutorial All Materials and Slides
Apr 19, 2013
Presentations on Meat colour and Meat Favour (Dr Robyn Warner - CSIRO) and Theory of Meat Tenderness (Dr John Thompson - UNE).
Snapshot
Wastewater Treatment with Anaerobic Digestion & Anammox
Apr 4, 2013
Australian red meat processing facilities can produce significant volumes of wastewater during slaughtering and cleaning operations. This wastewater stream can be rich in organic contaminants and nu...
Report
CRF Colac Effluent Improvement Plan: Trade Waste & Green Waste Projects
Apr 1, 2013
This report finalises the Plant Initiated Project Application Form prepared and submitted by CRF Colac Otway directly relating to the understanding of current practises and the investigation&nb...
Fact Sheet
E. Coli Study Tour
Feb 20, 2013
Recently the USA established new rules relating to certain Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STECs) which require the application of HACCP to manage the risks associated with these STECs....
Report
Water Saving in the Routine Cleaning of Carcase Chillers
Feb 8, 2013
A trial was conducted to assess efficiencies across a range of input parameters from the introduction of an alternative dry manual cleaning program in beef chillers to the intensive cleaning procedu...
Fact Sheet
Reuse of water in Tripe processing
Jan 3, 2013
Beef tripe processing is commonly a two-step process using centrifuges in series wherein; the tripe is scalded and blanched with significant amounts of warm/hot water in the first centrifuge; and th...
Report
Meat Industry Services: Ultrasonics to improve meat texture
Dec 24, 2012
A strategic priority for the red meat industry is to improve the tenderness and colour of beef and sheep meat. Conventional applications of ultrasound such as medical imaging, cleaning and measuring...
Dec 8, 2012
The high consumption of water associated with many activities in abattoir operations is a key environmental issue.Water is used for the watering and washing of livestock, the washing of trucks, the ...
Dec 1, 2012
The meat industry professional development program enables MINTRAC to establish suitable models of delivery and assessment, a body of competent trainers, appropriate support materials and ...
Training Manual
Wastewater Management
Nov 8, 2012
This manual can be used as a resource for accredited and in-house training as well as being a manual for wastewater treatment operators. It contains guidelines for the day-to-day management and oper...
Report
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Red Meat Processing Industry Guidelines
Nov 8, 2012
The purpose of these Red Meat Procesing Industry Guidelines is to provide an industry-wide approach towards greenhouse and energy inventory calculations that is consistent with the principles of the...
Report
E-Learning for NLIS Implementation in Meat Processing
Nov 1, 2012
The purpose of this project has been to develop accredited training programs to assist meat processing plants to meet their National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) requirements. The project ...
Report
Solids Digestion Pilot Study at Tey's Bros Beenleigh (Extension)
Sep 23, 2012
This is the final design report for the Biosolids TPAD Demonstration plant constructed and operated as part of MLA/AMPC project A.ENV.0099. The project was a collaboration between The University of ...
Fact Sheet
Industry Biosecurity Standards for Meat Processing - A New Project
Sep 23, 2012
Biosecurity has become a major concern to the agriculture industry as a result of foreign and emerging endemic and exotic disease issues, the globalisation of agricultural and increasing public conc...
Report
Gen 1 & Gen 2 Electrical Stimulation Ex-Ante Value Proposition
Sep 1, 2012
This ex-ante study estimates the improvement in value created by electrical stimulation over no stimulation for beef and lamb carcases. It also compares the difference in value between fixed do...
Report
Demonstration of Covered Anaerobic Pond Technology
Aug 1, 2012
Capturing biogas from covered anaerobic lagoons (CALs) provides a valuable fuel source and greatly reduces carbon emissions. This project aimed to increase knowledge on the start-up and no...
Fact Sheet
Waste Water Management Manual
Jul 27, 2012
AMPC and AMIC have developed the Red Meat Processing Industry Climate Change Strategy which is designed to place the industry on a pathway towards a sustainable future and minimise the impacts of cl...
Fact Sheet
Water Reuse in the Meat Industry - Opportunities and Issues
Jun 10, 2012
Water will be in critically short supply for more than a third of the earth's population during the 21st century. By solving our own problems, as well as we will not only help Australia - we can als...
Report
MINTRAC Meat Industry Training Network 2011-12
Jun 1, 2012
Twelve MINTRAC Training Network meetings were held during 2011-2012, in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, attracting strong indust...
Fact Sheet
Meat Science Tutorials Project
Apr 28, 2012
For nearly two decades, the red meat processing industry and other key scientific organisations have invested in, developed, delivered and published a wide range of research outcome literature inclu...
Report
Solids Anaerobic Digestion Plant Cost Benefit Analysis
Mar 23, 2012
The following details have been summarised from the report provided by the Environmental Biotechnology CRC Pty Limited, entitled "Solids digestion pilot study at Teys Bros Beenleigh (Extension), MLA...
Report
Value Chain Models for the 'Top Five' Bioactives
Mar 23, 2012
This report describes the findings and recommendations of a project carried out by Occum Enterprises Pty Ltd from June 2011 to February 2012. As described in the research agreement between the two o...
Report
SmartStim 2 System Development
Mar 1, 2012
The SmartStim 2 system development was initially undertaken as project “Modular and wireless control system for SmartStim technology” to develop modular hardware for a wireless...
Fact Sheet
Developing A Consistent Approach to NLIS Practices in Meat Processing - Stage 1
Jan 23, 2012
During 2012, AMPC and MLA funded a project to develop accredited training programs to assist meat processing plants to meet their National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) requirements. T...
Fact Sheet
The National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy
Jan 19, 2012
AMPC is a founder member of the National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Strategy, is a component of the National Primary Industries RD&...
Presentation
Meat Industry Services: Effect of Testing Regimes on E.coli 0157 Isolation
Dec 24, 2011
Meat destined for export to the US and other countries must be tested and deemed free of E. coli O157 prior to being released into commerce. The current approach for testing for E. coli O157 in meat...
Fact Sheet
AMPC Water Efficiency Projects
Nov 8, 2011
A key issue to consider when looking at water efficiency projects is the total cost of water. Most sites look only at the cost of supply, but there are other costs which can be just as significant, ...
Fact Sheet
Handling Livestock Principles
Nov 7, 2011
Handling skills are essential for managing livestock. Good livestock handling can minimise stress and injury; improve time and effort required to move animals; reduce stress for both people and...
Fact Sheet
Cost Benefits of E-Surveillance System for Animal Health Monitoring
Oct 5, 2011
GHD Hassall completed, on behalf of Animal Health Australia, a benefit-cost analysis of the potential implementation of an E-Surveillance system on the small stock chain of Australian ...
Report
Using Covered Anaerobic Ponds to Treat Abattoir Wastewater, Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Generate Bio Energy
Sep 13, 2011
Wastewater treatment ponds are the preferred method for treating rural municipal wastewater and agricultural wastewater in Australia due to their simplicity to build and operate (Laginestra&nbs...
Report
Biodiesel Additive
Jul 15, 2011
MLA and its partners have successfully developed a process and formula for a B5, B20 and B100 Biodiesel additive. The additive overcomes crystallisation and cloud-point issues associated with t...
Report
Environmental Data Analysis
Jul 12, 2011
In 1999, the red meat industry made a decision to encourage undergraduates into our industry by funding them to do 3 month vocation projects prior to starting their final year of study. These projec...
Report
First Waterless Cleaning Workshop - Summary
Jul 8, 2011
Approximately 20 - 33% of the total water use in modern meat processing plants is consumed for plant and equipment cleaning, which occurs on a daily basis to ensure food hygiene. Despite the best in...
Report
Industry Environmental Sustainabaility Review 2010
Jun 12, 2011
The five-year period since the 2003 Environmental Performance Review (EPR), was one of the major impacts on the red meat processing (RMP) sector. Major influences and drivers impacting the sector in...
Report
Roadmap to create a knowledge centre for abattoir wastewater treatment
Jun 4, 2011
The AMPC 2010/11 Environment programme, as part of their CPRS initiative, proposed the development of a roadmap to create a knowledge centre for abattoir wastewater treatment, with a focus on Anaero...
Report
MINTRAC Meat Industry Training Network 2010-11
May 1, 2011
The twelve Training Network meetings held during 2011-2012 discussed a range of industry research and development outcomes, new regulations and their implications for the training system. ...
Report
Pilot testing pyrolysis systems and reviews of solid waste use on boilers
Apr 13, 2011
This study has confirmed that thermal processes such as pyrolysis, gasification and combustion are technically viable for the processing of abattoir solid wastes, particularly paunch waste and DAF s...
Report
Enhancing Retail Colour Stability and Shelf Life of Lamb Meat for Key Markets
Apr 12, 2011
Consumers choose to buy meat primarily by visual appearance. A meat cut red in colour is more likely to be sold than a cut brown in color forcing the retailers to discount the prices of discolored m...
Fact Sheet
Investigate Whether Calm Cattle Produce Better Beef
Apr 2, 2011
Murdoch University scientist Peter McGilchrist, of Beaconsfield, has received the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) Award worth $22,000 to pursue an innovative scientific theory...
Report
Waste to Energy: Alternative uses for Paunch Waste and DAF Sludge Waste Pyrolysis Review
Mar 10, 2011
Major research is underway to improve abattoir waste management practises, reduce disposal costs, minimise fossil fuel consumption and investigate the potential for abattoir’s to produce ...
Report
NLIS Sheep - PIC and Body Correlation Project
Jan 28, 2011
In mid 2009 AMIC entered into an agreement with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), the Federal Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Australian Meat Processing Corporatio...
Report
Optimising integrated water reuse and waste heat recovery in rendering plants and abattoirs
Jan 4, 2011
The increasing pressure nationally on water supply resources and the environmental impact of discharging wastewaters has placed a high priority on the need to use non-conventional water sources. Non...
Fact Sheet
Meat Technology Update-Effect of Slaughter Method on Animal Welfare & Meat Quality
Dec 26, 2010
The manner in which livestock are mustered, yarded, handled, transported, restrained, slaughtered, and exsanguinated can affect their welfare and final meat quality. Welfare requirements dictate tha...
Training Manual
Environmental Best Practice Manual: Waste solids
Dec 13, 2010
Environmental Best Practice Objectives Achieve operation in compliance with statutory and licence conditions applicable to the plant Minimise the generation of solid waste and recycle or re...
Training Manual
Environmental Best Practice Manual: Odour
Dec 13, 2010
Environmental best practice for odour and air quality requires: Operation in compliance with statutory and licence conditions applicable to the plant Operation to minimise impact on surroun...
Report
Options for insulating sites from potential electricity price increases
Dec 12, 2010
Electricity prices are expected to rise by 1.5 to 3 times their current price in the next ten years as a result of aging infrastructure, growing peak demand and the inclusion of a carbon cost. Elect...
Report
Economic and Technical Potential for Cogeneration in Industry
Dec 12, 2010
Cogeneration is the combined production of electricity and thermal energy (heating and/or cooling) from the one fuel source. Thermal energy can be produced as hot water, steam or cold water via abso...
Report
Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program Report
Dec 12, 2010
The Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program was established by the Federal Government to ensure that the largest energy using corporate groups in Australia were reporting on their energy use and inv...
Training Manual
Environmental Best Practice Manual: Energy
Dec 12, 2010
Environmental Objectives Comply with all relevant legislation and regulations Efficient consumption of energy resources thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions Demand management to red...
Report
Eversons Food Processors - Integrated Strategic Business and Environment Plan
Nov 12, 2010
Tolsat Pty Ltd T/A Eversons Food Processors (EFP) created a Human Resources Manager’s position in August 2008. 
Report
Use of Paunch Waste as a Boiler Fuel
Aug 13, 2010
The prime objective of this project was to conduct a full-scale technical, commercial and environmental assessment of dewatered paunch waste co-combustion, using the existing sawdust-fired boiler at...
Report
Investigation of reuse of boning room effluent streams
Jun 4, 2010
Current best practice in water usage for medium to large integrated export meat processing plants is 5 - 7 kL water/tonne HSCW. It is challenging to further reduce water usage, and involved consider...
Report
Novel microbial technologies for improved treatment of industrial wastewater - Pilot plant study
Jun 4, 2010
The meat processing industry requires large quantities of water, much of which is discharged as wastewater containing high levels of COD and nutrients such as nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). Over t...
Report
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Options for the Australian Meat Processing Industry
May 12, 2010
This report builds on previous projects for the MLA that have separately assessed the renewable energy and energy efficiency potential in the industry, focusing on particular waste streams or genera...
Report
Prime Minister's Task Group on Energy Efficiency
Apr 12, 2010
This report will provide information that can be used to build on future investigations and options relating to energy use and efficiencies within the red meat processing sector.
Report
Environmental Best Practice Manual: Effluent Irrigration
Apr 4, 2010
Environmental Objectives Protection of surface waters Protection of groundwater Protection of soil integrity / structure   Possible Environmental Impacts Nutrient...
Report
The Use of Abattoir Waste Heat for Absorption Refrigeration
Mar 12, 2010
Under the Federal Government's proposed carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS), the larger Australian meat processing plants will have an obligation to purchase permits equivalent to their carbon ...
Report
Innovation and Energy Management and Reduction
Dec 3, 2009
Energy consumption in the form of hot water, electricity and gas is a major cost for meat processing plants and is a focus of greenhouse gas emission concerns in Australia. Midfield Meats has signed...
Report
Anaerobic Cover Material Vulnerability
Aug 15, 2009
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) appointed Golder Associates Pty Ltd (Golder) on 18 March 2009 to carry out a review of the availability and reliability of geomembrane covers to anaerobi...
Training Manual
Red Meat Processing Industry Energy Efficiency Manual
Jun 10, 2009
Against a background of rising energy prices and increasing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) commissioned the current Red Meat Processing Industry Ene...
Report
Economic Analysis of Demineralisation
Jun 4, 2009
The extended drought, and the probability of climate change causing more frequent drought periods, has resulted in a drive within the Australian meat industry to reduce water consumption at mea...
Report
Water collection and data analysis
May 4, 2009
In November 2007 Teys Bros commissioned a study to collect and collate information on water and waste flows in their Beenleigh meat processing facility and to estimate contaminant loads emitted by t...
Report
In-Plant Evaluation of Acidified Sodium Chlorite as a Microbial Intervention for Beef Carcasses
Apr 4, 2009
The antimicrobial activity of acidified sodium chlorite is attributed to the oxidative effect of chlorous acid, which is derived from the conversion of chlorite ion into its acid form under acidic c...
Report
Evaluation of Likely Cost Impacts of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme on 6 Red Meat Processing Plants
Feb 12, 2009
Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) has developed a financial model (the Model) for the purpose of evaluating the likely direct cost impacts of the Australian Government’s propos...
Report
Wagstaff Cranbourne Pty Ltd (Ralphs) Carbon Footprint
Dec 12, 2008
This project was initiated to determine the carbon footprint of the Wagstaff Cranbourne (Ralphs) sites at Cranbourne and Garfield. The data collected was in line with requirements for the new Nation...
Report
Waterless Cleaning of Meat Processing Plants
Dec 8, 2008
Environmental managers within the meat processing industry have identified a need for “a quantum leap in technology and/or practice (associated with plant cleaning) so that food hygiene standa...
Report
Kilcoy Pastoral Company (KPC) Carbon Footprint
Oct 12, 2008
The following tables provide an overview of the outcomes of the carbon footprint project. 
Report
Electronic Nose Equivalence to Odour Units
Jul 12, 2008
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) commissioned The Odour Unit Pty Limited (TOU) to undertake a study to assess the degree to which an equivalence relationship can be formulated between an Electroni...
Report
Opportunities and Impacts of an Emissions Trading Scheme
Jul 12, 2008
This report has been prepared using industry average data obtained from work funded by AMPC & MLA Industry Environment Program and was designed to calculate indicative impacts of emissions tradi...
Report
Review of abattoir water usage reduction, recycling and reuse
Jun 13, 2008
This review examines the water quality and quantity requirements of meat processing, the wastewater quality and quantity produced, and how the wastewater can be treated to allow recycling or reuse w...
Fact Sheet
Heat Recovery From Refrigeration Plant
Jul 27, 2007
Thomas Foods International (TFI) have installed Australia’s first Ammonia Heat Pump (AHP) that turns waste heat rejected from refrigeration plant into 75°C water to offset boiler use. The ...
Report
Paunch Waste Management Practices
Apr 13, 2007
This report presents the results of the review of the paunch management practices commenced at the Tasman Group Service Pty Ltd (TGS) meat processing facility located in Longford, Tasmania in April ...
Report
Feasibility study on using integrated aquaculture to treat wastewater from the  meat processing industry
Apr 4, 2007
This feasibility study was done to treat abattoir wastewater at TMC using integrated aquaculture approach for culturing fish of commercial importance. The work was undertaken in 3 stages: 1) a preli...
Report
Determination of meat industry odour thresholds
Mar 12, 2007
This report addresses the requirements of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Project PRENV.018, ‘Determination of Meat Industry Odour Thresholds’. The Odour Unit Pty Limited (TOU), in...
Report
Biological Phosphorus Removal for Meat Processing Plants
Jan 1, 2007
This report is the final report that presents the results of Stage 1 & 2 of Project PRENV.009, ‘Biological Phosphorus Removal for Meat Processing Plants’. A literature review perf...
Report
Assessment of Hydrocyclones for Fat Removal from Meat Processing Wastewater Streams
Jan 1, 2007
The normal operation of meat processing plants produces a warm wastewater with naturally high levels of COD, total nitrogen and phosphorus, total suspended solids and fats, oils and grease. The remo...
Report
Continuous anaerobic pond desludging
Jan 1, 2007
Anaerobic ponds comprise a cost effective method of reducing chemical oxygen demand (COD) and five day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentrations in meat process wastewater prior to release to a...
Report
Benchmarking of Environmental Performance
Jan 1, 2007
The primary aim of this benchmarking project is to help achieve environmental best practice in the red meat processing industry. The environment benchmarking criteria established in this project ...
Report
A Review of Waste Solids Processing with Energy Capture Technologies
Dec 16, 2006
The scope of this study was to identify and provide information about waste to energy technologies and assess their likely suitability for solid wet wastes generated by the red meat proces...
Fact Sheet
Meat Technology: Information Sheet - Environmental Control in the Rendering Industry
Nov 12, 2006
Rendering produces two major environmental impacts which are serious, costly issues for the industry: Process odour emissions. Waste water treatment and disposal.
Report
Possible impacts of the CPRS on the Australian red meat and livestock industry
Jun 12, 2006
Following the release of the White Paper, Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: Australia’s Low Pollution Future, the Commonwealth Government is introducing a bill to Parliament for the impl...
Training Manual
Environmental Best Practice Manual: Wastewater
May 20, 2006
The meat industry has to deal with a number of environmental challenges. This includes responsible wastewater treatment and disposal to prevent land and water pollution. A well-designed an...
Report
Biofilter performance evaluation
May 12, 2006
This report presents a brief outline of the results. The full report can be obtained from MLA upon request. 
Report
Feasibility Study of an Electronic Nose Device for Meat Processing Odour Monitoring
Mar 1, 2006
After considering the existing literature and information on the chemical composition of meat processing odours (RPDA.303), chemical mixtures that had odours of meat rendering plants were formulated...
Report
Electrocoagulation Process for Wastewater Treatment
Feb 13, 2006
A pilot scale Electrocoagulation (EC) unit (supplied, commissioned and trialed by EC Pacific Pty Limited, Sydney) capable of treating approximately 10 kilolitres/hour (kL/h) was installed at Burrang...
Report
Industry Environmental Performance Review
Apr 14, 2005
In 1998 then environmental performance of nine medium to large integrated meat processing plants throughout Australia was studied. The findings from this investigation resulted in industry recognise...
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