[4 July/ Rural News Group]

Cameras used by the military are helping the New Zealand red meat sector produce premium lamb products. AgResearch Chief Executive Tom Richardson said the technology has the potential to help farmers double their income. The camera looks through the surface structure of the meat, enabling scientists to study its molecular structure and observe things like the omega levels, fat levels, molecular bonding characteristics; characteristics that co-relate with eating quality. The cameras can relay this information to farmers, allowing them to adjust their genetics and management practices to suit the characteristics they like in the meat and enables premium payment.