Blockchain could be the cattle data tool that replaces multiple spreadsheets and even boot boxes filled with papers and receipts. Eventually, it could be the answer to bypassing multinational packers to export beef.
Danna Schwenk, a partner in Nebraska-based Flying Diamond Beef, is overseeing the implementation of a blockchain traceability system and utilizing CattlePass, founded by Robert Jennings. CattlePass uses blockchain to generate a secure and unique digital record of livestock, called a non-fungible token. This living record is verifiable, and, through CattlePass Smart Contracts, ownership can be transferred digitally.
More simply, cattle can be assigned Bluetooth tracking sensors or EID tags, the cattle can digitally carry with them a private but publicly accessible dataset. That data can be used to offer traceability to analyze genomic traits as they transfer to an eating experience, can validate the proof of ownership, can assist in more accurate herd valuation, can ensure real time transfer of ownership and payments, and can also allow access to specifically selected information through scanning a QR code so consumers can learn more about the cattle or ranch. All of this data, in contrast to spreadsheets, is immutable and verifiable.
CattlePass and Flying Diamond Beef partnered and inserted Bluetooth sensors into 20 head of cattle. The sensors, inserted into the neck where injections are given, can be picked up with either a…