In a recent proof-of-concept field trial, the Canadian Sheep Federation partnered with SheepChain LLC to demonstrate how the Canadian sheep industry can capitalize on blockchain-based traceability to add value to Canadian lamb. Canada is the first sheep industry to manage the technology in a real-world setting, tracking lamb from pasture to plate, according to the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF).
CSF says that the program, dubbed SheepTrace, uses blockchain technology to digitally certify data points of livestock, from genetic indicators to lifelong consumption patterns to veterinarian history, hormone usage, and humane handling through processing, for example. Blockchain is a remote-accessed, unchangeable database that can follow an individual animal digitally from its birth, through the processing cycle, all the way to packaged meat on sale at supermarkets, local or even overseas. Consumers can access more information about the meat they’re purchasing by scanning a QR code on a package label.
“By demonstrating that we can successfully connect the supply chain using technology already available and required of the industry, we can build out an information sharing highway along the value chain. Our goal is to connect stakeholders with the production information they’ve been asking for, which can include sharing performance, grading, genetic, assurance program compliance and even wool data associated with an animal by simply using its CSIP tag,” according to CSF.