An Australia-China meat science alliance four years in the making this week signed a memorandum of understanding to further collaborative efforts towards improving the production efficiency of meat.
Representatives of the Jilin Academy of Agricultural Science from Jilin Province in China came to Australia to meet with representatives of the University of New England, to consolidate several years of significant scientific exchanges and joint research activities across the campuses.
Both Jilin and Armidale teams have particular strengths in assessing the energetic efficiency of poultry and red meat production.
UNE researchers Professor Roger Hegarty, Dr. Shubiao Wu and Prof. Bob Swick have been working with Prof. Yumin Zhao and Dr. Xiaogang Yan of the Jilin Academy to build technical capability, and are now looking to introduce genetic and nutritional strategies aimed at improving production efficiency of animal protein.
This year, Prof. Hegarty has worked with the Jilin team on ruminant methane production, helping calibrate the chambers that capture the gas from cattle as a prelude to a study on the effects of feed additives on methane production.
Shubio Wu also began joint studies around the net energy feeding system with Jilin colleagues, resulting in a presentation in the XXV World’s Poultry Congress 2016.
The MoU signed by UNE Vice Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, and Prof Zhao Yumin, Vice President of the Jilin academy, provides a robust foundation for furthering this partnership.