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New Bobby Calf App

QCONZ in the News
New Zealand Food – April / May 2018
MIA Focus
AgResearch Meat Industry Workshop Report

Participants also got a first glance of the new bobby calf-tracking application, designed for use by all members of the value chain, including farmers, transporters and processors, and being trialled at four meat plants during the autumn calving season.

The app is an MIA project that sprung out of work by the bobby calf working group, chaired by McColl. It essentially replaces a paper-based system introduced 12 months ago. Designed by QCONZ, the easy-to-use app features drop down menus to enable use on farm and by transporters – once they have confirmed the health of the animals being loaded – to advise the processor of the number of calves to expect and the estimated time of arrival so they can have yards and amenities ready and waiting, he explains. The app also gives feedback directly to farmers suppliers. If any calves are unfit for transport, the farmer can also be advised they were not transported.

Other updates were given on nine MIA Innovation projects looking at: decontamination risk, quorum sensing, lamb colour, ultimate pH, TSN for chillers, smartphones, an ultrasonic knife and other emerging technologies.

There was also an update on progress on the work of the new Food Safety Science Research Centre led by Professor Nigel French, including new of the start of construction of the new joint Food Science Centre in Palmerston North, which will feature a mini meat processing plant.

Other news

Believed to be a world first, a new training programme focusing on the benefits of animal wellbeing has been developed by QCONZ in collaboration with UCOL, Fonterra and DairyNZ.

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QCONZ has been successful in our bid to be an approved audit agency for the NAIT accreditation programme assessment which launched this week.

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On 31st January Josh Wheeler (QCONZ) and Nick Dowson (BOP Dairy Farmer) began their journey to cycle New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff!  This is no mean feat!

Josh Wheeler was invited to speak at a SMASH Fielday in Taranaki this month where he shared helpful pointers to assist farmers with mastitis management and milking efficiency, including demonstrating the benefits of milking by time and MaxT.

Another QCONZ IT development is near completion!  

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QCONZ is excited to announce the appointment of Mark Neal as an independent Director to our Board.

We are pleased to announce that QCONZ will be helping deliver a ‘Reducing Strains and Sprains’ project co-funded by ACC and DairyNZ.