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Over 80 guests attended the UNE SMART Region Incubator’s (SRI) event on the future of sustainable livestock protein held in UNE’s Wright lecture theatre last week.

Keynote speakers included Paul West, better known as the sustainable farmer from River Cottage Australia; John Harvey, Executive Director and Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia; Josie Angus, a cattle producer with over 30 years experience who recently opened an on-farm abbatoir; and Johnny Khalbetzer, a pioneer in agricultural business and investment. 

Following the panel discussion, guest were welcomed to a BBQ with a difference by UNE Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Moran. This was followed by a live cooking demonstration with Paul West, with assistance from Peter McGilchrist, Associate Professor of Meat Science. The chef and the scientist had a lively (and entertaining) discussion on the nuances of sustainable animal protein, including what’s on your plate, how to cook protein perfectly, and the benefits of these culinary choices. 

The event was funded by the NSW Government through the Accelerating Regional Innovation Fund and delivered with support from Armidale Regional Council.

Images courtesy of the UNE SRI and Dave Robinson.