Every rib eye, captured by digital technology and objectively measured. That’s the reality of a new camera used at the inaugural Wagyu Challenge, held as part of the prestigious Paddock to Palate competition at this year’s Ekka.
Pictured above: Wagyu Challenge winner: The eye muscle of Richard and Dyan Hughes’ Wentworth Cattle Company’s $5985 Wagyu carcase.
The camera is being developed by Meat Image Japan (MIJ) to objective measure carcase traits including rib eye area, meat colour and fat colour, marbling (intramuscular fat) and the fineness of the marbling.
Pictured from left: Professor Keigo Kuchida and Dr Joe Grose with the camera used to objectively measure carcases in the Ekka’s inaugural Wagyu challenge.
The competition attracted 16 entries of seven animals. The 256 F1 to fullblood cattle were fed at Mort and Co’s Grassdale Feedlot for 350 days and processed at Oakey Meat Holdings.
Queensland Country Life | Mark Phelps