AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop 2015

The “Meating The Future” Workshop held on March 18 was the biggest in the workshops 11 year history.

Facilitator, Brian Dingwall of BCD Consulting Ltd introduced AgResearch’s Research Director , Warren McNabb, to open the workshop and introduce the Keynote Speaker, Dr Scott Champion, CEO of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Scott considered the need to balance on and off farm meat research for the future, which provided a great foundation for the sessions that followed.

Each of the three themed sessions discussed thought provoking topics and concluded with an interactive audience discussion panel led by the presenters.

The final act of the day was recognition of two retiring long time meat industry personalities. Peter Dobbie (AgResearch) and Grant Pearson (Silver Fern Farms) were each presented with plaques and recognised for their work for meat research in New Zealand.

Presentations from the 2015 AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop are provided below (as linked PDF files):



Balancing on- and off farm meat research for the future, Dr Scott Champion, CEO, B+L NZ

Session 1: Future Technologies

ICT opportunities in the supply chain , Dr Andrew Cooke, Rezare Systems Ltd

Future technologies, Richard McColl, MIA

Session 2: Food Safety

Food Safety Science and Research Centre, Dr Nigel French, Massey University

Food provenance & assurance: Non-invasive food authentication, Dr Marlon dos Reis, AgResearch Ruakura

On-farm / pre-harvest control strategies for the reduction of STEC, Dr Adrian Cookson, AgResearch Hopkirk Institute

Psychrotrophic spoilage clostridia, Kylie Horvath, AgResearch Hopkirk Institute

Session 3: Future Research Opportunities

Research focus for the future of the red meat industry, Julie McDade, Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd

Future meat research in Maori Agri-business, Chris Koroheke, AgResearch Ruakura

How to delight consumers and customers – opportunities for NZ meat exports, Dr Dieter Adam, NZ Trade & Enterprise

PGP and Future Meat Research Opportunities: The case of Silver Fern FarmsGrant Pearson, Silver Fern Farms 

Key points from day

Dr Rebecca Redmond, AgResearch Lincoln, Portfolio Leader – Meat & Fibre Paddock to Consumer

Rell Sumner
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