Free tasting tempts lamb lovers

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 21, 2019

DO YOU like eating meat?

Want to do it for free this weekend?

Well, you are in luck, because Albany Scouts, Girl Guides, Venturer and Rover Scouts are looking for volunteers to taste seven lamb samples to aid a Murdoch University study.

In turn, if enough people volunteer their tastebuds, the youth organisations will receive funding for camping gear, hall upgrades and new excursions.

Researchers from Murdoch University are currently conducting Meat and Livestock Australia research.

They are collecting the opinions of Australian lamb consumers to help build a quality assurance scheme for Australian lamb products.

Meat sold in Australia must adhere to strict requirements, and the Meat Standards Australia research program helps to maintain the eating quality of it.

With your help this weekend, Albany Scouts, Girl Guides, Venturer and Rover Scouts hope they can garner the interest of 240 people in order to obtain the $4000 Murdoch University is offering them.

“We are very linked into community, so this time, we are asking for the community to help us, but without reaching into their pockets,” Albany Girl Guides’ Julie Brooks said.

“We just want your tastebuds and one hour of your time.”

At various sessions on November 23 and 24, registered people are asked to visit Albany Scout Hall on the corner of North and Sanford roads and spend one hour tasting various meat samples.

Participants must be aged between 18 and 80 and are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to the beginning of their session.

Ms Brooks said the organisations would be eternally grateful to those helping to achieve their fundraising goal.

“We want to take the Girl Guides to Perth next year for the first time for a camp,” she said.

“Right now, it would cost each girl about $500, so we hope to subsidise that to $100 and make it more affordable for more girls, and give the girls the same experiences as the city kids.

“And the Scouts need new tents, stoves and gazebos – their current tents are 20 years old and are falling apart.

“Plus, our Guides hall needs upgrading, we’d like to get new signage and start up some new units.”

You can register online for the meat tasting by visiting or by calling 0429 016 253 or 0477 269 772, or by emailing or