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on August 20-21, 2015 in INRA head quarters, Paris

International meeting on Beef and Lamb carcase grading to underpin consumer satisfaction


Meat & Livestock Australia and Meat Standards Australia in collaboration with INRA invite you to an International meeting on Beef and Lamb carcase grading to underpin consumer satisfaction.



To facilitate further International collaboration on sensory evaluation and industry systems underpinning carcase grading for consumer satisfaction of cooked beef and lamb.



 Thursday 20th – Friday 21st August, 2015



INRA head quarters, Paris

147 rue de l'Université 75338 Paris Cedex 07



This workshop is being run before the 2015 ICoMST and is a follow up to a similar workshop held at Jeju Island, Republic of Korea associated with the 56th ICoMST, 2010. The 61st ICoMST meeting will be held at Clermont-Ferrand (Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th August, 2015) and is an ideal opportunity to bring together those researchers with an interest in beef and lamb grading for eating quality. Accordingly the invitation to attend the 2 day workshop is based on the assumption invitees can arrange their own transportation and accommodation. The conference is open to any scientist and meat professional interested by the prediction of eating quality of beef and lamb at the consumer level, however numbers will be limited to approximately 100.


Contact details

Please contact Janice Stigwood at Murdoch University, Western Australia if you would like to attend.

Janice Stigwood <>


Preliminary program

Thursday 20th August

1.00-1.10 pm (10min) Welcome: INRA


1.10-1.45 pm (35min) Meat Standards Australia cuts based beef grading – an overview of use in Australia: (John Thompson, MSA pathways, Australia)


1.45-2.20 pm (35min) A vision for International work utilizing common sensory protocols with untrained consumers (Rod Polkinghorne, MSA pathways chair, Australia)


2.20-2.55 pm (35 min) Overview of outcomes from analysis of the combined European consumer data set (Sarah Bonny, Murdoch University, Australia & Jean-François Hocquette, INRA, France)


2.55-3.25 pm (30min) Coffee break


3.25-3.45 pm (20min) An opportunity too good to miss – experience from the Australian Industry. Peter Trefort (Meat & Livestock Australia board member, Australia)


3.45-4.15 pm (30min) UK retail perspective - The need to move beyond carcass classification (speaker to be confirmed)


4.15-4.45 pm (30min) French Industry perspective on beef and lamb eating quality grading (French speaker)


4.45-5.15 pm (30min) The Polish Industry perspective on beef quality grading (Jerzy Wierzbicki, Polish Beef Association, Poland)


5.15pm-5.45 pm (30min) Global trading of beef using Meat Standards Australia – an Australian processing perspective of brans management underpinned by MSA (Alex Ball, Teys Australia)


5.45pm-6.00 pm (15min) – Summing up day 1 (Michael Crowley, Meat & Livestock Australia, Europe)


7.00 pm Dinner for current and future collaborating partners  – to be confirmed


Friday 21st August


9.00-9.30 am: (30min) The prospects for grading lamb cuts based on eating quality (Dave Pethick, Sheep CRC, Murdoch Uni, Australia)


9.30-10.00 am: (30min) Objective carcase grading for yield and eating quality in Australia (Graham Gardner, Sheep CRC, Murdoch Uni, Australia)


10.00-10.30 am (30min) Eating quality grading - perspective from Ireland and an update on objective carcase grading in Europe (speaker from TEAGASC, Ireland, to be confirmed)


10.30-11.00 am (30min) Morning coffee


11.00-11.30 am (30min) Eating quality grading - perspective from Japan – scientific and industry views. (to be confirmed)


11.30-12.00 pm (30min) The Meat Standards Australia beef eating quality index and the role of genetics (Peter McGilchrist, Murdoch Uni, Australia)


12.00pm-12.30 pm (30min) Incorporating flavour research into carcase grading for eating quality (Linda Farmer, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, Nth Ireland)


12.30-2.00 pm (90min) Lunch


2.30-3.00 pm (30min) International beef eating quality language. (Rod Polkinghorne, MSA pathways, Australia and Jerzy Wierzbicki, Polish Beef Association, Poland)


3.00-4.00 pm New collaborations:

(i) China – (to be confirmed)

(ii) UK/Wales - Nigel Scollan (Aberystwyth University, Wales)

(iii) New European initiative(s) – Koenraad Duhem (French Livestock Institute, France)


4.00-4.45pm General discussion, future directions (Facilitator: Tim Rowe, Celtic Pride, UK)


4.45-5.00pm Summing up (Dave Pethick, Murdoch Uni. Australia)