Australian Startup Aglive Using Blockchain To Get Quality Beef To Chinese Supermarkets Amid COVID-19br>
Australian livestock traceability platform Aglive, in collaboration with global shipping logistics company DB Schenker and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), has successfully completed its beef traceability trial from Australia to China.
Founded in 2013, Aglive has developed an industry-first paddock-to-plate solution backed by blockchain data storage and encrypted security. The solution tracks the origin, residence and production inputs of each individual animal using a Geo-string, this means that the birth property and lifetime residence of individual animals or mobs and their production inputs can be pin pointed down to farm and paddock. The solution records individual details for each animal including its birthdate, weight, genetics, physical location, diet and any vaccinations and drenches. It also records whether or not the animal is mixing with other animals and can compare their individual details.
In a press release, Aglive said that the beef traceability trial began in late January 2020 and involved the use of blockchain-based monitoring alongside the Internet-of-things (IoT) capabilities, to track cattle from Macka’s farm in regional New South Wales to a local abattoir. The platform then traced the frozen beef products to ensure they were kept under safe conditions as they were transported by land freight to Brisbane and then shipped to Shanghai, where they will now be distributed to local supermarket shelves for customers to buy.
“We are proud to have partnered with Aglive in this revolutionary trial, which will pave the way in transforming Australia’s livestock industry to become more transparent, efficient and profitable,” said Craig Davison, CEO of DB Schenker Australia.
According to Aglive, the trial was the second of a series of trials, strategically designed to improve data capture and supply chain security, with each trial testing different operational practices and methods.
“In light of the Coronavirus epidemic, strengthening the connection between Australian farming and food has never been more important,” said Paul Ryan, Executive Director of Aglive. “We are now living in a world where food fraud and related health risks are becoming a growing problem caused by lack of data and traceability, so we must work together to restore consumer trust.”