Graham’s research is predominantly focused on the impact of selection for growth, leanness and muscling within the sheep and cattle industries, looking at aspects of carbohydrate and intermediary metabolism, stress sensitivity, and growth and maturity, as well as the metabolic changes that take place in muscle. He is also heavily involved in the development of measurement technologies for determining lean meat yield and eating quality. Most recently he has developed an X-ray system for use in determining lamb carcase composition at abattoir chain-speed.
A Principal Scientist at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit at Armidale and responsible for the routine estimation of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) for Sheep Genetics to deliver to ram breeders as well as the ongoing research and development of the genetic evaluation system. Daniel is also the manager of Sheep Genetics. Daniel is program leader for Program 4: Industry Databases which is aiming to facilitate the optimal use of objective measurements of lean meat yield and eating quality data from commercial supply chains by commercial growers and the national genetic evaluation systems for sheep and beef.
Dr Wayne Pitchford
Dr SEAN MILLER
Dr Jayaseelan Marimuthu completed PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Queenslad and current research focus is on design, develop and implementation of various RF/Microwave sensors (antennas, open ended coaxial probes, etc.) for various application on live animals (Sheep, Cattle, Pig) and carcase for Meat & Livestock Industry. Design and develop RF/Microwave based Objective Carcase Measurement System for Meat Industry. Develop single spot RF/Mircowave based subcutaneous fat depth measurement on live animals and carcases. He also serve as Operational Manager for the ALMTech.
Bringing processors and producers together to benefit from ALMTech’s development of new generation objective carcase measurement technologies is the focus of the project’s Program 5 – Data and Decisions. Within this program, Sean is working across livestock supply chains to assist participants to understand and capture the value of implementing new carcase measurement technologies within plants, and from providing targeted feedback on carcase compliance to livestock producers so they can continue to improve carcase quality.
Christian has a 30 year career in robotic automation systems development and integration, working in Australia and Canada, and with global technology partners. He has implement statistical process control innovations in the plastic industry, was the Engineering Manager supporting the development of automation and instrumentation in advanced raw wool metrology, and more recently Program Manager with MLA’s automation and objective measurement program featuring significant R&D investments in lamb and beef automation and associated advanced measurement systems utilising x-ray and machine vision technologies. His career mission has always been advancing Australian manufacturing through technology and innovation.
Dr HONOR CALNAN
After working as a vet across Australia, Honor joined the Meat Science team at Murdoch University to investigate factors influencing lamb meat colour for her PhD with the Sheep CRC. After some time working for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Canberra on Animal Health Policy, Honor joined the ALMTech team as a post-doctoral fellow. Honor’s research contributes to Program 1- developing objective technologies to measure lean meat yield in Australian livestock, with particular focus on the calibration of the first DEXA device in a beef abattoir.
Dr SARITA GUY
As a quantitative geneticists at the Animal Breeding and Genetics Unit, Armidale, Sarita is broadly interested in data-driven decision-making and the application of biometric methods in agricultural science. She is investigating the use ALMTech-derived objective carcase measurements for the genetic improvement of lean meat yield and eating quality. A component of this work is to facilitate the flow of data on carcase attributes (including compliance to market specification and health) from processors to producers, and to genetic evaluation systems where appropriate.
Dr LAURA KING
Dr Laura is ALMTech’s Business Manager. She has 18 years of experience as a chartered engineer, project manager and research assistant in various fields of environmental / life sciences for government (DPI WA), academia (UWA, Curtin, Murdoch & ECU), industry (BHP), professional organisations (Engineers Australia & Engineers Without Borders) and multi-national consultancies (GHD & SMEC), including three months at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. She also holds a PhD in professional writing, and has worked as a sessional academic in professional writing and communication.
DR TERESA VIDAL-CALLEJA
Dr Teresa Vidal-Calleja has a PhD in Robotics, Automatic Control and Computer Vision from the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain. Teresa was Research Fellow at LAAS-CNRS, France and Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney. She is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Her research interests are in robotic perception, 3D reconstruction and semantic recognition, localisation and mapping and autonomous navigation. She contributes to ALMTech Program 1 in the developments of the 3D imaging for livestock and carcasses systems.