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Alternative stunning technology research (pre 2010)

Objectives

The Alternative Stunning Research (ASR) Program investigated innovative technologies for  pre-slaughter stunning while reducing the cost to the processor and at the same time enhancing market access and community acceptability. Two technologies were identified as being potentially beneficial to the Australian Meat industry.  One involved the commercial application of an existing technology, High Frequency Electrical (HFE) stunning; the other the proof and possible commercialisation of a new technology, Single Pulse Ultra-high Current (SPUC) stunning.

The strategy was to gain community, welfare and regulatory acceptance for the technologies that were being developed and trial them at participating processors. Input was also obtained from potential commercialisers of these new technologies.

Program Outcomes to Date

Equipment was constructed and trials at the laboratory level were conducted in Australia and New Zealand. Slaughter floor trials were conducted in 14 establishments. Industry awareness and training has was conducted in partnership with MINTRAC and the Commonwaelth department of Agriculture (AQIS). Ethical and regulatory acceptance was negotiated in several jurisdictions. The program expended $2.25 million to the end of December 2008. Trial work with cattle and sheep demonstrated that High Frequency Electrical (HFE) stunning and Single Pulse Ultra-high Current (SPUC) stunning are fully reversible, compatible with animal welfare regulations and offered significant advantages in the control of post-stun movement.

The major issue faced by this research program was the need for consistent access to processing plants to conduct the necessary trial work. Progress was hampered by the repeated need to find new processing sites for the experimental work. This remained a significant hurdle and cost to the program.

Recommendations for future work

The work that has been done as part of this program produced some very encouraging results. HFE technology for cattle will meet most needs and can be implemented at a relatively low cost. It was proposed that future work be designed to collect a mass of data under commercial conditions. It was also proposed that data be collected to determine the suitability of the technology on long grain fed cattle to fill in this knowledge gap. It was proposed that SPUC work continue because it showed promise as a technology that will meet all market access requirements including the most stringent halal requirements. However, it is still a technology in its infancy and will require additional work before it is a commercial prospect.

Adoption

Since the end of 2009, no further work for the above technologies has been funded in this area by AMPC and the processors. However, alternative stunning technologies for sheep are currently under investigation.

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Contracts

Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
A.SRP.0032
CMA - SPUC trial incidental costs
31/03/2009 30/06/2009
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0031
SPUC - Single Pulse Ultra High Current stunning - Stage 4
20/09/2008 04/12/2009
Industry
A.SRP.0027
SPUC - Single Pulse Ultra High Current stunning - Stage 3
01/04/2008 31/07/2008
Industry
A.SRP.0030
CMA - Refurbish & Testing, Freight & Installation of SPUC unit
20/06/2008 30/06/2008
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0029
CMA - Project Support fior SPUC trial at KPC, Kilcoy
12/06/2008 30/06/2008
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0028
CMA - Test, freight & install SPUC unit
25/02/2008 30/04/2008
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0026
CMA - Transport of chin lift insulation blocks from to KPC, Kilcoy, for SPUC-trial
07/06/2007 07/06/2007
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0025
HFES - Optimise electrical stunning procedures to minimise the incidence of lock jaw and neck flexion
21/05/2007 29/02/2008
Industry
A.SRP.0024
HFE - Identify modifications to electrical sheep stunning procedures tha t will control post-stun movement.
16/04/2007 30/06/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0020
SPUC - Technical assistance with the optimisation and evaluation of stun ning equipment during the SPUC trials.
01/03/2007 15/06/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0019
SPUC - Single Pulse Ultra High Current stunning - Stage 2
01/02/2007 30/12/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0017
HFEC - Optimisation of electrical inputs at Scone abattoir
25/01/2007 20/06/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0016
HFEC - Installation of Electrical Stunning equipment at Primo Abattoir, Scone
01/12/2006 01/12/2006
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0013
SPUC - Design and manufacture of a Bipolar single pulse ultra-high curre nt animal stunner.
01/11/2006 30/07/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0012
HFEC - Electrical stunning and stimulation trials - PRIMO smallgoods
14/10/2006 30/07/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0008
SPUC - Single Pulse Ultra High Current
19/12/2005 15/01/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0007
HFES - Sheep at TGS, Melbourne
19/12/2005 15/07/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0006
HFES - Sheep at Norvic, Wodonga
19/12/2005 15/07/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0023
HFES - Manufacture and supply equipment for HFE stun trials of sheep at South Pacific Meats in Invercargill, New Zealand.
13/04/2007 29/06/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0022
SPUC - Stun box modifications at KPC
09/04/2007 15/04/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0021
HFEC - Project Manager for Scone Stunning Project Work - II
20/03/2007 10/08/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0018
CMA - Review of EU Consortium agreement
01/12/2006 30/06/2007
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0015
SPUC - Stunning machine freight
16/11/2006 30/06/2007
Industry CMA
A.SRP.0014
SPUC - Technical assistance with installation and commissioning of stunn ing equipment
21/10/2006 21/03/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0011
HFEC - Project Manager for Scone Stunning Project Work
10/08/2006 31/12/2006
Industry
A.SRP.0010
HFEC - Improved current delivery system for high frequency electronic stunning
28/04/2006 23/06/2006
Industry
A.SRP.0009
HFEC - Cattle
22/12/2005 15/01/2007
Industry
A.SRP.0005
HFEC - Head Restraint Retro-fit
31/10/2005 15/01/2007
Industry

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