AUSTRALIAN livestock traceability platform, Aglive, says it has completed a beef traceability trial from Australia to China, collaborating with shipping logistics company DB ​Schenker​ and ​Meat and Livestock Australia.

Aglive executive director Paul Ryan said the COVID-19 pandemic made strengthening connections especially important.

“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,” said Paul Ryan, Aglive executive director.

The trial began in late January and​ involved blockchain-based monitoring alongside internet-of-things capabilities, to track cattle​ from ​Macka’s farm​ in regional New South Wales to an abattoir​. 

Aglive’s platform traced the frozen beef to ensure they were kept safely as they were transported by land to Brisbane and then shipped to Shanghai for distribution to consumers.

“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 DB Schenker Australia CEO Craig Davison.

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Aglive is reported to be the first of its kind to u​se an electronic National Vendor Declaration app to integrate farm accreditation and management data on one platform.

Farmers and brand owners can track shipments as they move along the supply chain.

“The recent bushfires have seen the Australian farming industry go through the toughest time in its history,” said Macka, the owner of Macka’s Farm.

“It’s reassuring to know there is technology out there that can help us get back on our feet, as consumers are willing to pay a premium for Australian products they know they can trust.”

The trial was the second​ in a series of trials aimed at improving data capture and supply chain security.

Aglive is working to bring its product to key livestock production target markets, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay, and the European Union.

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