The genetic pillar sets in place the necessary data, tools and know-how for breeding a more efficient and productive cattle herd.
Plastic packaging plays a vital role in maintaining the quality of fresh meat by prolonging its shelf life and ensuring its protection, maintaining its high quality and sensorial attributes.
Research on enhancing the shelf-life and quality of lamb meat, will include investigation and validation of changes to current processing and packaging systems.
The Digitalisation theme will identify and leverage opportunities for meat processors in the Digitalisation space.
A high level of variability in meat quality still remains with a significant percentage being unacceptable to the consumer, from an eating quality perspective.
Phase II continues the work from Phase I to investigate the role of unprocessed beef and lamb in the current diets of the Irish population.
There is now a critical requirement to sustainably feed a growing global population, and to find renewable bio-based alternatives to fossil-derived food, feed, materials and energy, provide new valorisation opportunities for such biomass.
Consumer perception of meat quality is markedly influenced by the sensory properties (e.g. colour, flavour, tenderness) of the product.
The objective of RP 1 is to investigate accurate genetic evaluations for meat quality and detailed meat cut yields.
Will aim to reduce the inherent variability in tenderness outcomes in conjunction with RP1.
Directly addresses meeting the needs of new market access, addressing risk and extending shelf-life.
Investigates the use of novel analysis techniques to determine meat characteristics through the industry processing chain.
Red meat offers known health benefits for vulnerable groups in society such as the elderly (sarcopenia) and contains one of the highest concentration of nutrients of any of the food groups. These health benefits in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle will be validated in RP5.
Seeks to validate the scientific basis for our grass-fed story. In addition, the final pillar aims to explore the market potential for new products and ingredients, such as meat-derived bio-actives and micro-nutrient valorisation.