MLA to support beef boning automation R&D project
Meat and Livestock Australia intends to support an R&D project meant to maximize the value of carcasses by investing AU$32.4 million over five years in the world’s first beef boning automation research and development room.
MLA Managing Director Jason Strong said with Australia reportedly having one of the world’s most expensive processing sectors, automating beef boning would reduce per head operating costs for the benefit of the entire Australian industry.
“Maximising the value of carcasses through accurate cutting along with the increase in productivity through continuous flow in the boning room is vital to the sustainability of the Australian red meat industry. Beyond movement in livestock prices, the single biggest impact on processing efficiency is the accurate segmentation and deboning of carcasses into the highest primal value possible. It’s where the most significant improvements in processing industry efficiency can be made.
Beef boning automation has been estimated to deliver at least a $30 per head benefit, with an estimated 40% of this benefit to return to producers,” explained Mr. Strong. MLA will work closely with the beef processor, Teys Australia, and solution providers to develop this technology and intends to use the experience acquired while developing similar technology for lamb.