The Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) has asked Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) to investigate using lamb and sheep meat producer levy funds to guarantee DEXA technology is available to all lamb and sheep AUSMEAT processing facilities who want to adopt it.
SCA President Jeff Murray said the SCA Board was also calling upon the Australian Meat Processing Corporation (AMPC) to actively participate in financing discussions and jointly fund the fast-tracked roll out.
“A recently completed AMPC and MLA co-funded independent economic assessment produced by Greenleaf, Miracle Dog Consulting and S. Williams Consulting, outlines $420 million per annum in potential benefit to the red meat industry from the full adoption of objective measurement technology. Modelling indicates that 65 per cent of this benefit will be shared between producers and processors from the measuring of lean meat yield,” Mr Murray said.
“In line with findings from the independent economic assessment, industry fast-tracked implementation of DEXA technology will enable scientific measurement of lean meat yield, increased feedback to producers and significant productivity gains for the processing sector to ensure our industry remains globally competitive.
“Given the substantial amount of value available to be unlocked for both producers and processors, SCA urges the AMPC board to co-invest in the fast-tracked roll out of DEXA technology.
“As recognised by EY in their Independent Review into DEXA technology, there is consensus in the sheep meat industry of the value DEXA technology can provide.
“The DEXA grading of over 1.5 million lamb carcases has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt the enormous potential for this technology. SCA’s assessment of MLA’s proposed funding model, will ensure this potential is realised for the benefit of all sheep meat producers.
“The SCA Board will use the information gathered by MLA to inform their decision-making in signing off on a funding model that does not affect planned R&D and integrity investments, before any roll out across the industry begins.”