CIEL has been awarded a £100k grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to investigate how precision technology could be used to help ensure greater availability of high quality meat products for consumers and drive future red meat consumption.
The scoping study, led by CIEL in partnership with Tesco and the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI), will research and assess the feasibility of using precision technologies to provide a more accurate assessment of carcase value and eating quality.
Over the next five months, the project team will generate evidence on a range of technologies including video image analysis, DEXA scanning (using X-ray to measure fat, muscle & bone) and hyperspectral imaging (a combination of digital imaging and spectroscopy).
All yield rich data and offer the potential to better identify more valuable carcasses.
“Systems with similar aims are emerging in supply chains of UK competitors such as New Zealand and Australia,” explains CIEL project lead Dr Mark Young. “This project will learn from their experience to fast track appropriate technology into the UK industry.”