Meat producers call for processors to install objective measurement

Building: Support is growing for DEXA technology at abattoirs.

Building: Support is growing for DEXA technology at abattoirs.

The move to install DEXA objective measurement technology in Australia’s red meat processing industry is gathering momentum with Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) seeking agreement from the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) to jointly fund an accelerated rollout of DEXA.

The proposal would split the anticipated $150 million cost of fully installing DEXA units in up to 90 AUS-MEAT accredited facilities between the processing and production sectors, reflecting the shared benefit that the new system for accurately measuring lean meat yield will provide.

In another development, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) has asked the MLA to investigate using lamb and sheepmeat producer levy funds to guarantee DEXA technology was available to all lamb and sheep AUSMEAT processing facilities who want to adopt it.

The SCA also called upon the AMPC to actively participate in financing discussions and jointly fund the fast-tracked rollout of DEXA.