A sheep goes through the new CT scanner at Invermay. Photo
A new CT scanner at Invermay will provide South Island
sheep and deer farmers with faster and more accurate carcass
The scanner, which uses X-ray technology to create
cross-sectional pictures of the body, has been provided by
Innervision, a joint venture between Landcorp Farming Ltd and
It replaces an older scanner that has been in operation for
The new scanner was considerably faster, scanning a whole
carcass in about two minutes compared to as much as two hours
previously, CT scanner scientist Neville Jopson said.
The ''spiral scanning'' feature took measurements over the
entire carcass rather than single-slice views at set points,
providing a much better understanding of composition, Dr
''This level of detail means even greater accuracy in
determining fat and lean in a carcass or meat cut. ''That's
massively important for people like meat processors who want
to accurately calibrate their carcass-grading applications,''
The scanner, operated by AgResearch staff, would process up
to 80 animals a day.