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Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability

Beef Central, 04/05/2021

CENTRAL Queensland University has been awarded a $200,101 traceability grant to improve meat traceability through the existing National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the research will look at ways to improve meat traceability, animal welfare and meat quality.

“On-animal sensors or smart-tags is an emerging technology and we’re only just learning the full extent of how it can benefit the red meat industry,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This research looks at how smart-tags technology can be used in traceability, linking pre-farm gate management with the results obtained at processing.

“It involves a review of how smart-tags can be used to detect disease and management issues, and a case study to inform how this data can be employed for industry.

“While there is a commercial drawback to diseases, given that they ultimately result in carcass downgrades, any incentive to improve the health and welfare of our animals can only be a positive.

“What’s even better is that this technology doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel.

“We already use sophisticated ear tags in the form of the NLIS, so this research can be used to improve and expand a product that is already in use.

“We know that consumers in Australia and internationally want greater transparency and real time advice about the origin and safety of product in the modern digital marketplace.

“Whether it’s through developing block-chain technology to assist with food safety, an app to track kangaroo meat harvesting, or a DNA database to combat illegal logging, these round two projects will give Aussie exporters the competitive edge.”

Associate Professor Mark Trotter of the Central Queensland University said that he was grateful for the grant.

“We thank the Australian Government for its support to develop a sensor-based livestock traceability system,” Professor Trotter said.

For more details on the 14 successful round two projects visit the Traceability Grants Program website..


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  1. alan lloyd, 10/05/2021

    Dear Prof Mark Trotter
    Congratulations on receiving the traceability grant
    I am connecting with you to interest you in our platform where we have developed NLIS/MLA and PLA functions. We would be more than happy to assist with the project with our cuublemesh platform.

    For the beef, livestock quality and sustainability POC platform we have taken all the NLIS standards, the MLA and LPA forms with the understandings of who (roles, titles, responsibilities) , improved the data form quality and their mixed formats and now have a coherent set of parameter driven web forms with consistent menu drop downs (catalogues), which provides the ability to include (livestock) images, voice, RFIds and users and allows the forms to saved and forwarded or digitally signed and written to our digital credential chain(s). The platform is a web services information engine with full systems and Identity management and digital signature functions and is demonstrable.
    The platform incorporates National Livestock Information Standards (NLIS) – 4 information definition files.
    Meat and Livestock Association (MLA) 30 Form types, 20 drop down menu catalogues
    Livestock Producers Association (LPA) 10 Form Types, 36 drop down menu catalogues
    We are able to integrate IoT devices, RFId readers, etc very easily.

    We have taken a lot of pain and duplication out of form filling and added digital provenance and credentialization from our strong and secure information engineering approach.

    I hope we can present this capability to you

    Kind regards


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